Neck pain and osteopathy
The type of symptoms you might feel could be any of the following, sharp pain, burning or throbbing pain, shooting or stabbing pains. These can be either intermittent or constant.
Sometimes patients complain of headaches, which can come from a number of tissues around the the neck and the upper thoracic spine.
Acute neck pain has many causes, trauma such as whiplash, sleeping in a poor position leading to a stiff neck or straining neck muscles from carrying a heavy object.
Chronic neck pain may be caused by sitting at computers, poor posture, incorrect driving position or pathological conditions such as spinal stenosis or osteoarthritis.
Osteopathy can be of great use for the treatment of torticollis.
A session will consist of an evaluation to determine the state of the body and the response to any previous treatments. This is followed by a hands-on manual therapy, working with the bones, joints and soft tissues of the body including the tendons, ligaments, muscles and fascia.
Osteopaths are also trained to work with the Cranio-sacral system and the viscera (organs and supporting tissues).
Neck pain 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.