Neck Pain

Exercise and Posture Training for Neck Pain

Poor posture is extremely common. This may be why thousands of people are Googling an “Osteopath near me” on a regular basis.

If you look around any airport, museum, auditorium or social event, most people are suffering from poor posture. There’s forward head posture, uneven/misaligned heads/shoulders/pelvis-hips and rolled forward shoulders all around us. Many patients shuffle or limp whilst walking as a result of this.

Added strain on various parts of a patient’s anatomy happens as a result of bad or abnormal posture. A result of this can elevate the risk of musculoskeletal pain, including neck pain.

Exercises that can be done from home, can reduce the risk of future episodes of neck pain. These exercises combined with Osteopathic care, can significantly reduce episodes of neck pain, or even stop them from happening at all.

A study that included almost 100 senior patients was undertaken over a six month period, primarily of older adults with a rounding of the mid back and with a bent forward posture. This resulted in findings that a one-hour, three times a week exercise program provided both improved spinal curvature and self-esteem.*

Two groups of young adults with rounded shoulder posture were included in a study that found that shoulder stabilisation and shoulder stretching exercises, resulted in physical benefits in many different ways. This implies that the combination of these exercises may be the best approach to improving posture, strength, balance and flexibility.

Another study showed that scapular stabilization exercises when combined with abdominal bracing exercises, produced greater physical benefits than just scapular stabilization exercise on their own.

It has also been witnessed in a recent  study, that when teenagers incorporate specific neck and shoulder exercises into their physical education, for a 16 week period, their posture improves significantly.

In 2008, the Neck Pain Task Force** suggested exercise for  the management of neck pain, as well as neck pain connected with a whiplash injury. A 2016 literature review published that exercise is also successful for improving grade III whiplash and neck pain. Furthermore, of injury that includes loss of neurological function. One thing that was of note, the review didn’t find any one set of exercises to be more beneficial than another. This suggested that combining several, various exercise routines may be the best advise an Osteopath can give.

Osteopaths are highly skilled in manual therapies, exercise training, and functional assessments – all of which have been found to successfully improve outcomes for patients with persistent neck pain. As with many conditions, treatment of early onset symptoms, yields the best results, so don’t delay in starting your Osteopathic treatment at an Osteopath near you!

*https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5659804/

**https://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Fulltext/2008/02151/The_Bone_and_Joint_Decade_2000_2010_Task_Force_on.4.aspx

Adapted article, credit: https://chiro-trust.org/neck-pain/exercise-posture-training-neck-pain/