Neck Pain – Why We Don’t Just Treat The Neck
NECK PAIN - WHY WE DON'T JUST TREAT THE NECK.
Neck pain is very common. Approximately between 30% and 50% of people suffer from an aching neck each year. Although neck pain can be caused by an injury such as whiplash, more often pain develops gradually as a result of habitual sitting, standing, or work postures, lifting patterns, or sleeping positions. Along with neck pain, headaches, pain in the upper shoulders and shoulder blades is also very common. Although manipulation is a common treatment for many types of spine pain, some people are uncomfortable having their necks manipulated.
In one study (JOSPT Sept 2011) researchers tested the benefits of a 'thrust manipulation' of the upper back to treat neck pain. The research team found that performing upper back manipulations as part of the treatment resulted in less pain, increased neck motion, and improved function. These improvements were seen after the first treatment and continued up to 6 months after a 3-week treatment program that included several upper back manipulations.