We Treat Neck Pain Without Surgery or Drugs
Chronic neck pain is generally caused by ‘mechanical’ factors such as trauma (an accident or fall) or “good student” postures – those that occur from years of forward head position from many years at school or at work computers. Adhesions that form in the neck can pull into the base of the skull, upper back or shoulders, causing pain in those areas. Anti-inflammatory or pain medications can mask pain but do little to address the cause.
Clear Passage therapists have successfully treated severe and recurring pain in the neck and nearby areas for over 20 years. This non-surgical, drug-free manual physio/physical therapy can decrease or eliminate the mechanical restrictions throughout the neck, head, shoulders and back, helping you return to a functional, pain-free life. Complete our online Request Consultation form to receive a free phone consultation with an expert therapist and learn whether our therapy can help you.
Effects of Posture
From the time we sit at our first school desk, our seated posture begins a lifelong interplay with the structures on the back of the neck and into the base of the skull. Thus, most of us are forced into positions that cause microtrauma to the neck from an early age. The repeated stresses on our neck continue through high school and into college and professional life. As designed, the human torso, neck and head should be able to maintain a vertical posture in space. A vertical line drawn through the ear should go through the center of the shoulder joint and the center of the hip joint. In this position, the muscles of the neck have the best opportunity to remain relaxed and pain-free because the weight of the head is totally supported by the bones of the spine. Neck problems often begin when we first sit at our desk and the weight of our head (about 10 pounds) pitches forward while we read our lessons or write in our notebooks. In this forward head posture, the muscles at the back of the neck must tighten to keep the head from falling onto the chest. As we advance through school, these small muscles tend to contract constantly, though they are not designed to fire hour upon hour, week after week, year after year.
Effects of trauma
Falls and traumas to the upper body can cause whiplash with direct trauma to the neck. Injuries in the lower body (back, hip, tailbone or legs) can cause neck pain when the consequent adhesions pull the bones of the pelvis out of symmetry and alignment. As the foundation for the spine and upper body, the pelvis must be level in order to support a stable back and neck. When pelvic structures become unbalanced due to a trauma, surgery or inflammatory process, the spine can no longer sustain its symmetrical vertical alignment. Situated at the very top of the spine, the neck suffers from the asymmetrical foundation below.
- the support structures below the neck that can create asymmetry and strains in the neck as it responds to an uneven foundation, and
- the tiny but powerful crosslinks – the building blocks of adhesions – that can bind muscle, bone and nerve cells, causing stiffness and pain.
In order to have lasting results with chronic neck pain, the structures below the neck must also be evaluated and treated. Once the spine is balanced on the stable foundation of a horizontal pelvis, treatment at the neck can be effective and provide long-lasting results. Our physical therapists are trained to palpate, evaluate and treat the powerful adhesive crosslinks that form in the neck and its support structures. We start by addressing the myofascial tissues (muscles and fascia) of the head and neck. From there, we will evaluate and treat any tight areas at the shoulders and chest – areas that often become tightened from years of forward head posture. Then, we evaluate the structure of the back and pelvis, in order to create a stable foundation for a vertical spine. We decrease or eliminate the adhesive pulls that have formed over years in the neck, and its support structures in order to return each patient to a body that is mobile, functional and pain-free, from head to toe.