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Neck Pain

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Neck pain is a common problem that affects many people at some point in their lives. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor posture, injury, or underlying medical conditions. As a leading provider of osteopathy services in New Zealand, MK Osteopathy is committed to helping patients manage their neck pain effectively.



What is Neck Pain?

Neck pain is discomfort that occurs in the neck region, which includes the cervical vertebrae, muscles, and ligaments. It can be acute or chronic and ranges in severity from mild to severe. Additionally, it might also be accompanied by other symptoms, such as headaches, stiffness, and numbness or tingling in the arms or hands.



Causes of Neck Pain

When it comes to determining the etiology of your neck pain, there are many possible origins. Let’s explore some of the common causes below.

  • Postures such as slouching, can put a strain on the neck muscles and cause pain.

  • An injury to the neck, such as whiplash from a car accident or a fall, can cause neck pain.

  • Overuse or sudden movements can cause muscular strain, leading to pain and stiffness.

  • Certain medical conditions, such as osteoarthritis, herniated discs, or spinal stenosis, can cause neck pain.

Symptoms of Neck Pain

With respect to the causes of neck pain, symptoms of each etiology can manifest in a myriad of ways. Sometimes, medical conditions or non-harmful causes might present similar symptoms. For a better understanding of what to look for, we have highlighted the most prevalent characteristics of neck pain.

  • Stiffness: Neck pain can cause stiffness in the neck, making it difficult to move the head forwards, backward, or laterally.

  • Pain: Can be dull, sharp, achy, or stabbing sensations.

  • Headaches: Neck pain can also be accompanied by headaches, especially tension headaches.

  • Numbness or Tingling: Numbness or tingling in the arms or hands can occur if the nerves in the neck are affected.


Treating Your Neck Pain

At MK Osteopathy we explore and leverage several different treatment strategies to help mitigate yourneck pain. By using our expertise in many different osteopathic techniques, physical therapy, posturestrategies, and educational methods, we can understand the root cause of your neck pain and helpaccelerate your recovery period. Whether that consists of us providing hands-on therapy, helping youwith improving your flexibility or performing strengthening exercises, we are here to attend to your needs.

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