Neck pain or stiffness are increasingly common conditions amongst both the young and old. Discomfort in the neck can be caused by many reasons. When one experiences pain or discomfort, he or she could be experiencing a neck sprain, an acute neck pain, stiff neck, or even a whiplash that is usually caused by a sudden movement caused in the neck movement.
Types Of Neck Pain Conditions
Physiotherapy For Neck Pain
Neck physiotherapy can really help to ease the muscles and alleviate the stresses causing the discomfort experienced in the neck. At BMJ Physiotherapy, our experts are well trained to assess patients’ neck problems and pains. As part of our neck pain treatment in Singapore, we ensure accurate diagnosis of your neck problem, and carry out customized treatment for your neck.
If you are unable to get immediate treatment for your neck, try these methods first to ease your neck pain:
Apply an ice pack for the first few days and apply a heat pad afterward or take a hot shower to ease the muscle tension.
(When the pain is less acute or intense, you may start to…) Stretch your neck by maintaining an upright posture and use your hand to tilt your head to each side and maintain that stance for a few seconds before going back to your original position.
If your neck aches, massage its sore areas from time to time. Alternatively, you can try sleeping on a rolled towel or a low pillow.
If you are unable to tolerate returning to using your pillow, consult a physiotherapist who will assess your sleeping posture and will be able to advise you on the type of neck pillow that is suitable.
Change your posture throughout the day. Do not stay in sustained positions. Try sitting straight if you tend to slouch, and vice versa. It is best to consult a physiotherapist as to which posture is best suited for you as everyone’s posture differs.
You can consult your GP or get over-the-counter pain relievers (please check if you have any drug allergy prior to purchase). These will help with your pain however they may not solve your problem in the long run or prevent you from a future episode of pain.
Ultimately, get a consultation with a physiotherapist to have a thorough assessment and acute exercise prescription to reduce the risks of such flares.