Neck physical therapy is among the most popular and effective treatments for chronic and acute neck pain. Most neck physical therapy sessions for neck pain concentrate on applying specific treatments to relieve stiffness and pain, following a session that targets stretching and strengthening of the neck area.
For most people, these physical therapies are used after a neck injury, accident, or even as a preventative measure against neck injuries. Neck injuries are very common and can occur from a car accident, falls, sports injuries, and muscle strain from excessive hours at the computer.
Neck injuries can also result from repetitive movements or repetitive motions and activities such as lifting weights or working in an ergonomic or manual way. Neck injuries can also be caused by repetitive movements and activities such as working in an ergonomic or manual way or lifting weights. A doctor may prescribe medication such as pain killers, anti-inflammatory drugs, and other pain medications to alleviate symptoms of neck injuries and pain. This medication may help to temporarily relieve neck pain but it does nothing to address long-term complications that can develop from injuries and pain.
Physical therapy is used to address injuries and pain in the neck area by treating a problem or limiting the occurrence of more problems. This type of therapy is often performed during a regular physical checkup.
Through physical rehabilitation, the goal is to strengthen the soft and hard cervical spinal discs and other soft and hard neck muscles. Muscle injuries and muscle strains are often treated with specific exercises that target specific areas of the muscle and the range of motion of that muscle.
Another goal of physical therapy is to strengthen the strength of the neck muscles. This type of therapy can also address the musculoskeletal stability of the neck muscles. For example, if one muscle group is weak or has problems stabilizing its position, another muscle group may be instructed to perform certain tasks. The goal of strengthening a particular muscle group is to allow it to be in the correct and desired range of motion and thus reduce the chance of it falling victim to muscle fatigue and injury.
It is important to note that while physical rehabilitation can greatly reduce the severity and frequency of neck injuries and pain, it does not address underlying conditions that may be the cause of these injuries. It is also not a substitute for a diagnosis by a qualified medical practitioner.
Muscle strain and injuries tend to happen more often in the neck region than any other part of the body because neck muscles are so flexible and mobile. Because of this, they are easily injured when they are improperly used and may be forced to work against tight neck structures in a repetitive fashion. As such proper use of proper breathing techniques and proper postural habits are important to avoid neck injuries.
When a muscle is strained or damaged, it needs to be able to heal and move properly in order to provide the same level of support and stability to the spine that it once provided. Muscle weakness and spasms are common in patients suffering from injuries in the neck area. A skilled physical therapist may be able to target specific muscles and restore their ability to function at the highest level possible. This allows for a greater range of movement without the risk of further damage to the neck muscles and spine.
Another common benefit from physical therapy is the development of stronger, more resilient, more flexible, more mobile, and flexible neck muscles. Because of this, an individual’s ability to function at their highest level will increase significantly when they are given a variety of different stretches and exercises that strengthen their neck muscles, allowing them to do the same or even more work.
Proper techniques for stretching and strengthening neck muscles are very important to preventing injury. The wrong techniques can result in injuries that are difficult to treat and may even result in more complications down the road. For example, improper stretching or strengthening techniques can cause an individual to contract or lengthen the muscle, and then they become too tight, which can cause pain and irritation and can even lead to more problems.
Because the benefits from physical therapy for the neck are great, it is important to consult your doctor before starting physical therapy for the neck. It is important to understand that the most common issues are usually related to an underlying medical condition that a physical therapist will be able to address through other means.