Relieve Neck Pain with TPM specialised Care

If you are one of the many Australians that suffers with neck pain, neck ache, or neck stiffness, you will be pleased to know that our proven Physiotherapy approach may offer the solution you have been searching for.

Neck pain is very common with about one in 10 people having it at any given time. This comes as no surprise when we consider the activities of modern life such as sitting in front of a computer, watching prolonged periods of television, and an increasing incidence of poor posture – particularly forward head posture.

Problems within the neck can also cause headache, shoulder pain, jaw pain, pins and needles in the hands, carpal tunnel syndrome, and upper back pain.

Causes of neck pain

By far the most common cause of neck pain relates to the effects of poor posture. In order to understand the impact of poor posture, we must first consider why spinal alignment within the neck is so important.

Your head weighs about 5 kgs and in normal alignment, it is balanced on top of your seven neck bones (vertebrae). Your muscles work to maintain this position and easily withstand short periods of variation. Problems arise when we assume awkward positions for prolonged periods.

The fine balance is disturbed and the nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments and discs of your neck become strained and irritated. In fact, the tension in your neck and shoulder muscles doubles for every 2-3 centimeters that your head is forward!

Over time, the neck strain and pressure accumulates to a point where it becomes painful and even the smallest changes in posture cause significant effects. Coupled with the stresses and demands of modern life, it is no surprise why neck pain is so common.

Other common causes of neck pain include whiplash, arthritis and sporting injuries

Types of neck pain

Neck pain can be divided into 2 main categories, chronic and acute.

Chronic neck pain is defined as neck pain that lasts for more than 3 months. It is often the result of long-term poor posture, degenerative changes in the spine, or a previous injury.

Acute neck pain is sudden and usually the result of an injury such as a car accident, sporting injury, or fall. It is often accompanied by stiffness, tenderness and reduced range of motion.

Acute neck pain is often initially treated with ice, rest, and over-the-counter pain medication. If the pain is severe, a doctor may prescribe stronger medication or a visit to a physiotherapist. Chronic neck pain may require a more comprehensive approach that includes stretches, exercises, massage, and hands on manipulation by a professional.

Treatment for neck pain

At The Physio Movement, we take a holistic approach to the treatment of neck pain, taking into account your lifestyle, work habits and posture. We also consider any underlying conditions that may be contributing to your neck pain.

Thankfully, physiotherapy and chiropractic care offers a very effective treatment for neck pain. After conducting a complete history, orthopaedic and neurological examination, your Physiotherapist will recommend a course of treatment that aims to reduce pressure, restore movement and prevent recurrence.

Typically, your Physiotherapist will recommend the following:

  • postural advice and how to avoid further strain
  • a series of spinal mobilisations to restore proper movement to the neck vertebrae
  • massage to tight neck muscles
  • neck exercises to encourage improved movement
  • neck strengthening exercises
  • heat/ice therapy to help manage your neck pain
  • recommend a contoured pillow to provide correct support while sleeping.

BOOK ONLINE or CONTACT US on 4740 4516 for your appointment at The Physio Movement, Townsville.

Physiotherapy Townsville - The Physio Movement


     517 Flinders Street
Townsville City Qld 4810
     1300 TPM FIT or 4740 4516
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