Neck pain and osteopathy
The neck supports the weight of the head and is vulnerable to huge postural stresses, strains and injuries, so not surprisingly many people suffer from neck discomfort.
Holding your head too far forward or rounding or hunching of the shoulders can cause strain to neck muscles and tension in the upper back due to the weight of your head as well as increasing strain of jaw muscles which reflects tension into the neck.
Conventional medicine prescribes muscle rest with the help of a cervical collar, strong muscle relaxants and topical creams for the treatment of torticollis.
These medications are used mainly to treat symptoms but do not address the original cause.
You should know that a stiff neck could disappear after a few days of rest.
But also know that if the actual cause is left untreated, it will reoccur often and last for a long time.
That’s why I recommend that you stretch your neck and consult an osteopath.
It generally affects the sternocleidomastoid muscle that inserts itself behind the base of the ear and ends at thelevel of the sternum and/or the superior trapezius muscle that begins at the base of the skull and finishes behind the shoulder blade.
The Effectiveness of the osteopath
Osteopathy can be of great use for the treatment of torticollis.
Consultation with an osteopath usually takes on average an hour.
The time is spent understanding, examining and correcting any imbalance that could be causing you pain and stiffness.