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FAST, EFFECTIVE HELP FOR NECK PAIN IN SPALDING, LINCOLNSHIRE

Neck pain can be an uncomfortable and distressing experience. It can also be linked to headaches and migraines, as well as back pain and shoulder pain. At State 11, we believe in helping you understand your neck pain, how you can treat it at home, and how we can help you get back to living again

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UNDERSTANDING NECK PAIN, HOME TREATMENTS AND HOW SPECIALIST HELP AT STATE 11 CAN HELP YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE AGAIN

Content written by Greg Pritchard, RAPID NeuroFascial Reset Specialist, BTEC L5 Soft Tissue Therapy (CSSM), MFHT

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If you want to understand neck pain, it's helpful to understand the anatomy of your neck. The neck (known medically as "the cervical spine") is made up of seven small bones (called vertebrae) that stack on top of each other, separated by strong, circular pieces of tissues called discs. Medically, the neck runs from the base of the skull to the top of the thoracic spine (which starts after the seven cervical vertebrae). 

The vertebrae are surrounded by various nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, tendons and muscles that connect your neck to your head, back, shoulders and chest. 

All these different parts of your neck allow you to move the neck round (called "rotation") and backwards and forwards (called "flexion"). 

WHAT CAUSES CHRONIC PAIN?

There are seven main types of neck pain, and they're all slightly different. 
 

  1. Spasming Muscle Pain: This is caused by the muscles in the neck going into spasm, and often occurs while you're asleep, due to being in an uncomfortable sleeping position. The main system of spasming neck pain is waking up with a stiff, sore neck that feels very painful to move. 
     

  2. Facet Joint Neck Pain: Facet Joints are part of the vertebrae in the neck. It feels like a deep, aching pain that gets worse with specific movements, and it's often a problem for people with arthritis, and is worse after periods of inactivity. 
     

  3. Neck Pain Due To Headaches: Tension and strain in the muscles in the scalp and the face can lead to headaches that radiate into the neck. It can often feel worse when you move your head or face. 
     

  4. Neck Pain Due To Nerve Issues: There's lots of nerves in the neck, and if they get irritated or trapped, this can cause either pain (that can be constant, or seem to "come and go") or pins and needles or tingling. 

  5. Referred Pain In The Neck: Referred pain means that pain that is being causes somewhere else, but feels like it's in the neck. With neck pain, an example is where there is actually an issue in the oesophagus, that manifests as pain during activities like eating or exercising. 
     

  6. Bone Pain In The Neck: This is quite rare, and requires a GP or other doctor to rule out any serious, underlying causes. 
     

  7. Neck Pain Due To Aging: Just like our skin ages with wrinkles, that are visible but don't hurt, our bones age too. Cervical spondylosis is a normal part of aging that sometimes can cause neck pain, but can be managed well with exercise and soft tissue therapy treatment. 

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HOW TO TREAT NECK PAIN YOURSELF

If you want to try treating your neck pain at home, then applying heat is a good first step for most types of neck pain. The advice about applying ice is now seen as outdated - you can find out more about why ice is no longer recommended on our page about the PEACE and LOVE protocol. Heat can feel extremely comforting for spasming neck pain. 

 

Depending on your own health and medical conditions, you may also want to consider using painkillers. Anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen can slow healing, but non-anti-inflammatories can still reduce pain. These should only be taken if you know you can take painkillers: if you're not sure, you should speak to your GP or pharmacist. 

 

Although moving your neck may feel like the last thing you want to do, gently stretching the neck can help restore mobility, especially when combined with heat. Moving your neck can also reduce the possibility of stiff or sore muscles through the upper back or shoulders caused by keeping your neck immobile. 

 

Home kinesiology taping may also be worth considering. We recommend Sport Tape (use this link and the discount code VICTORIA10 for 10% off your first order), and there's plenty of videos available on YouTube about how to tape the neck. This is generally easiest to do if you have someone to help you, as it's hard to use a mirror to see the back of your neck if you can't turn your head very well! 

 

WHEN TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR CHRONIC PAIN

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You may choose to see a GP for your neck pain. Depending on your symptoms, you may find yourself being prescribed stronger, prescription only painkillers or referred to NHS physiotherapy, either at your surgery or over the phone. 

If you decide to seek further, private help, here at State 11 we offer personalised, professional treatment for various types of neck pain, including spasming neck pain, aching neck pain, neck pain from aging, neck pain related to nerves and neck pain related to headaches. 

We help people using a variety of techniques including sports massage, kinesiology taping, active cupping and the revolutionary RAPID NeuroFascial Reset therapy. We're proud to be one of a handful of clinics in the UK that have RAPID NeuroFascial Reset Specialist status. 

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:
REAL REVIEWS FROM PEOPLE LIKE YOU!

Carl says:

Thanks Greg for all your help...Asked for an appointment for my twisted back and got seen the same day...Great, genuine guy who is always happy to help...Wouldn't go anywhere else to be seen now. 

Sarah says:

I had been recommended by a couple of people to visit Greg & Vic and I wasn't disappointed, very professional, very knowledgable. Had issues with a tight left thigh which feels loads better, albeit a bit sore from the work it received only a day ago. Very quick to message back and was able to fit me in later the same day, great that State 11 work flexible hours, which was very convenient meaning I didn't have to take time off work. Would definitely recommend. 

Shaun says:

Hobbled in with chronic shoulder and lower back pain, absolutely bloody amazing and explained everything that was happening, walking out in a lot less pain with expected bruising feeling, this morning at least 90% better and just needed to wait a couple of days to be 100% as had the pain a while, so it will take time to fully go. 

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