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Neck physiotherapy

Neck pain

Pinched nerve

A pinched nerve is caused when a nerve is somehow damaged or injured by direct pressure orcompression and is unable to properly conduct its signal. There are many potential causes for a pinched nerve, depending on the location of the nerve.

Symptoms include:

  • Tight neck muscles
  • Sharp pain

Burning / tingling in the neck, shoulder or into the arm

Wry neck

A stiff neck associated with muscle spasm, is often caused by sharp movements or prolonged episodes of bad posture

Symptoms include:

  • Lack of movement in the head and neck
  • Tight muscles
  • Sharp pain


Headaches where the pain originates in the cervical spine, neck and upper shoulders are often referred to as a cervicogenic headache. These headaches can be a byproduct of whiplash, neck injury or muscle trauma due to poor prolonged posture or severe stress.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain which centers across the forehead/behind the eyes/ up the back of the skull
  • Tight muscles which can extend from the shoulder to the top of the neck

Poor ergonomics

Poor postural alignment can place increased stress on the structural and nerve components in the neck, leading to increased pain and discomfort in the neck, shoulder and head region.

Symptoms include:

  • Dull aching pain in the neck and shoulder without trauma
  • Tightness in the neck/shoulder region