Neck pain is something that is complex and is not easily treated without some help
Pain when you wake up
Pain with turning your head or looking up
Worse pain on one side but can be both
Tension to the back of the neck
How you know you have a neck problem?
Self-manipulation of the neck
The need to stretch the neck regularly
Joint sounds with neck motion (sand in the neck)
You have trouble finding the ‘right pillow’
Difficulty shoulder checking when you drive
Yup, self-manipulation and neck stretching is a sign of a neck problem and rarely helps a neck problem improve. These treatments are very limited in their reduction of tension and pain. Symptoms of neck pain and tightness return, sometimes hours after an adjustment.
Neck manipulation or stretching is a sign you have a neck problem!
Treatment should include a restoration of upper neck motion. This area is undertreated consistently and failure to get the upper neck to move again is the biggest reason why treatment programs fail.
- If your pain returns following treatment then the underlying cause has not been addressed.
- If you have tried two or more pillows and still have trouble getting a good nights sleep then the problem is your neck and not the pillow.
Most neck specialists over the last decade have been moving away from joint manipulation or thrust manipulation in favor of more gentle joint mobilization techniques. Your neck problem took time to get this way. A quick fix is not the answer.
Your neck problem took time to get this way. A quick fix is not the answer.
Exercises you can try on your own