Sunday October 20, 2019 at 10:54pm

The stresses and strains of daily life can create pressure and tensile stress on the joints and soft tissues of the neck.

At Rugby Osteopathic Centre we can provide you with a tailored treatment and management plan, which can often stop neck pain in its tracks! 41% of the patients we see have neck pain and we see similar neck conditions on a regular basis. These common neck-related issues are highlighted in this blog post.

Mechanical/Postural Neck Pain

This variety of neck pain is one of the most commonly seen in our clinic. Many of us work in jobs that are mostly desk-based and/or involve long periods of driving. In general, our spines do not like prolonged postures. When sitting for an extended length of time, it is easy to slouch with your shoulders and neck held forward.

Over time, this can create irritation of joints in the neck, known as the facet joints, and will also cause strain and stiffness of the many muscular structures in the neck. In order to avoid this, make sure that your desk setup has been correctly assessed and use any opportunity to move around the workplace and regularly move your neck.

Alongside manual treatment, osteopaths can prescribe simple mobility exercises that can be done at a desk. They can also give you advice on your workstation.

Disc Irritation

In between each of the joints (vertebrae) in your neck, there is a gel-filled disc. These discs act as shock absorbers and allow for fluid movement of the neck joints. Discs go through a lot of stress and load, especially discs located in the lower portion of the neck. Because of this, degeneration of the discs can occur and lead to a bulging of the structure, which commonly bulges backwards and to one side.

As a result, people can experience neck pain that is focused either on the left or right side. If the disc reaches a certain level of bulging /herniation, it can irritate the associated nerve and cause pain into the arm.

Common predisposing factors for disc injury involve postural issues (as before, potentially related to workplace postures), lack of fitness, poor manual handling techniques and indirectly, stress.

Luckily, discs can heal with adaptations to our daily activity; these include applying an icepack, sleeping with a suitable pillow structure so that your neck is relaxed and neutral, practicing a good sitting posture at work/home and avoiding carrying heavy items. Osteopathic treatment can help to reduce the pressure on the disc and/or nerve root by releasing the associated muscle spasm.

Joint degeneration

Throughout our lives, degeneration of particular joints in the body can occur. The facet joints of the neck may start to wear and some of the discs can reduce in height, which can create mechanical issues. As a result, the joints of the neck may become less mobile and the surrounding muscles can become irritated in response. The key with degeneration is to do everything you can to increase joint mobility and muscle strength.

Osteopathic treatment can help to gently mobilise these joints and reduce the muscle irritation. Particular home exercises are also commonly advised to further encourage and maintain improved movement of the joints.


If you are suffering with neck pain and would like book an appointment with one of our osteopaths please phone 01788 560646 or book online. If you would like to talk to an osteopath before making an appointment you can call us, we are happy to talk to you. 


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Warwickshire, CV21 2SN, Tel: 01788 560646, Fax:01788 571318
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