Neck Pain

posted Sep 4, 2012, 9:04 PM by LASP Team
Do you suffer from Neck Pain or Stiffness?

Neck complaints that cause pain or restricted movement can be considered a cervical spine dysfunction, a condition most people experience at some point in their life.

The neck consists of seven vertebrae each with a shock absorbing disc between them, supported by muscles and ligaments. A complex structure, the neck is required to support the weight of your head, which is around 8 per cent of your total body weight, as well as provide enough movement to look at the floor, the ceiling, over each of your shoulders and tilt your head to around 45 degrees on each side.

To complicate matters further, the relative weight of your head against gravity increases approximately 1.5 kilograms for every centimetre it sits forward of your shoulders. This means that if you have a ‘forward head posture’ which is commonly seen in computer workers, your neck joints will be under more pressure with muscles having to work harder just to hold your head up.

For more information on Neck Pain and what can be done to help, download our handout attached below. Alternatively, you can contact one of our Physiotherapists on (02) 46473373.