When is a pain in the neck not really a pain in the neck? When the cause is elsewhere!

The most common cause of neck pain without specific onset is postural related. Equally a common movement pattern which maintains pain after a specific incident (for example whiplash) is also posture related.

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So what is this posture I speak of. It’s really common. If you were to look around at your family, friends or colleagues I’m sure you’ll be able to see at least a few. It’s that round shouldered look. The spine may look a bit more curved than other peoples, the head may protrude a little forwards and most importantly the shoulders look too far forwards – what we call internal rotation in the trade.

This posture leads to a compensation in the muscles around the neck which then gives you pain and discomfort in and around the neck. It can even give you nerve pain (neurological symptoms) down the arms and around the neck and shoulder blade. For the more technical among you there is a technical description at the bottom of the page.

Neck Pain Brighton And Hove – What To Do?

The quickest way to get it sorted is to come and see us and we’ll make an immediate improvement for you. Of course we would say that, but here’s what other people have said:

“Brighton Sports Therapy has helped me enormously with a chronic neck problem. With combined gentle exercise and massage therapy specific to my needs I am able to get on with everyday life with ease.” – DC

“After a high speed road traffic accident left me with whiplash in my back and neck a recommendation led me to Brighton Sports Therapy. I was impressed by their careful evaluation that they made at each visit and the combination of techniques they used to treat me.” – BJ

Biomechanics Of Neck Pain

When the strongest internal rotators of the shoulder get short and tight (pectoralis major and latissmus dorsi – common with poor posture) this pulls the shoulders forwards. This changes the position of the upper trapezius and the body recruits the scalenes to then perform the function of upper trapezius causing them to tired (they’re not designed to perform this function) become tight and affect the brachial plexus (the main trunk nerve in the neck).

More Helpful Information:

NHS Neck Pain