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Neck Pain

Dr. Trapti Agarwal
OTR/L | Pelvic Floor therapist | Certified Ergonomics assessment specialist | LSVT BIG Certified
CEO and Founder of TheraGurus

Do You Experience Challenges In Sleeping, Engaging In Weightlifting, Reaching Overhead Cabinets, Checking Your Blind Spots While Driving, Or Performing Your Daily Activities At Home Or Work Due To Neck Pain And Headaches?

Do You Find Yourself Relating To The Following Situations?

  • You initially expected your discomfort to diminish after a short period, but it has persisted instead.
  • You have attempted various self-care methods at home, such as using heating pads, applying ice, or trying TENS devices, but they did not provide relief, correct?
  • Despite receiving a few massages, the discomfort returned shortly afterward.
  • You sought medical assistance and received examinations, injections, or prescribed medication, but the effects quickly worsened.
  • Previous attempts at physical therapy did not yield successful results.
  • You have come to the conclusion that you can manage reasonably well as long as you avoid aggravating activities that cause pain, is that correct?

Our Goal Is To Assist You In Discovering Long-Lasting Solutions.

Here Are Some Of The Common Neck Disorders We Address:
  • Headaches
  • Joint stiffness
  • Muscle strains and tension
  • Degenerative disc disease and injuries

These Disorders Can Typically Be Attributed To The Following Causes:

  1. Impaired Mechanics: Weakness and muscle imbalances can lead to a limited range of motion. Additionally, joint stiffness and muscle inflexibility can hurt posture.
  2. Sudden Load or Impact: Injury can occur due to a sudden load or impact on the neck tissue.
  3. Chronic Compensatory Mechanisms: This involves the avoidance of certain muscle groups and the overuse of other tissues due to previous injuries or the fear of future injuries.

The Approach Taken By TheraGurus Includes The Following Strategies:

  1. Emphasis on maintaining proper neck and thoracic (mid-back) posture.
  2. Targeting the reduction of tension in the upper neck muscles.
  3. Increasing flexibility in the chest and neck muscles.
  4. Utilizing manipulation, manual joint mobilization, and manual traction to enhance joint mobility.
  5. Strengthening the muscles involved in neck flexion and shoulder blade movement for improved effectiveness.
  6. Incorporating modalities like massage, instrument-assisted mobilization, and cupping to enhance tissue mobility.
  7. Specific nerve exercises reduce nerve sensitivity and address issues like numbness, tingling, and arm pain.
  8. Development of functional and plyometric exercises focused on throwing, catching, pushing, pulling, and pressing.

Key Points to Remember:

  1. Tissue Recovery: The body has the ability to heal itself, but sometimes it gets stuck in the inflammatory stage of tissue repair. Assistance may be needed to progress toward full recovery.
  2. Limited Correlation with Imaging: MRI and X-ray results may not always align well with the actual cause of pain. Tissue damage can be present without pain or functional impairment, and conversely, pain can be experienced without significant findings on imaging. This is often due to heightened sensitivity in the nervous tissue.
  3. Exercise-Induced Soreness: Soreness following exercise is not always a cause for concern. Actual strength gains require overloading the system, resulting in micro-damage. The repaired tissue grows back more robust and thicker. Monitoring soreness can help gauge whether the tissue is ready for increased load. If not ready, training intensity should be reduced until it is.
  4. Returning to Activities: With proper guidance, correct mechanics, and gradual tissue loading, it is typically possible to return to previous or desired activities. Instruction, mechanical alignment, and progressive loading are key to successful outcomes.
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