Neck Pain Treatment

David Johnston, D.O. -  - Cranial Osteopathy

Osteopathic Wellness Center

David Johnston, D.O.

Cranial Osteopathy & Holistic Medicine located in Ridgefield, CT

Every day, 10-20% of adults suffer from neck pain, a problem that seriously affects your mobility and interferes with enjoying daily life. Dr. David Johnston at Osteopathic Wellness Center has extensive experience providing comprehensive osteopathic care that treats the source of your neck pain and gets you back on the road to health. If you experience ongoing or worsening neck pain, call the office in Ridgefield, Connecticut, or book an appointment online.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

The delicate structure of your neck, combined with the fact that it supports the weight of your head, makes your neck highly susceptible to painful injuries and degenerative disease.

In many cases, neck pain is due to normal daily activities. Additionally, poor posture or prolonged sitting or standing add pain-inducing stress on the soft tissues supporting your neck.

Some of the most common causes of neck pain include:

  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle and tendon strains
  • Whiplash
  • Herniated disc
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cervical disc degeneration
  • Cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve)
  • Cervical stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)

Another problem leading to neck pain in today’s high-tech world is poor ergonomics when using computers, smartphones, and other digital devices. When the screen is positioned in a way that makes you look down, your neck becomes stressed from holding your head in that position.

What symptoms might I develop along with my neck pain?

Neck pain can make you miserable and severely limits your head and neck movement, but those aren’t the only symptoms you could develop. Chances are your muscles will also be tight and stiff, which can lead to tension headaches and migraines.

If you have a pinched nerve in your neck, you may also experience tingling, numbness, and pain that travel down your arm. In severe cases, muscle weakness in the arm may occur.

How is neck pain treated?

Having your neck pain treated by an osteopathic practitioner like Dr. Johnston is an exceptional way to get the best care and optimal results. That’s because osteopathic medicine treats your body as a whole and combines traditional medicine with osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT).

These are a few examples of osteopathic techniques that safely and effectively heal neck pain:

  • Isometric exercises: Simple exercises to build neck strength
  • Muscle energy: Counterforce is applied while you use muscles
  • Myofascial therapy: Soft tissue therapy using pressure to release tight myofascial tissues
  • Soft tissue mobilization: Rhythmic stretching, deep pressure, or traction applied to your neck and upper spine
  • Strain/counterstrain: Technique to pinpoint the positions that cause head and neck pain and comfort

You don’t need to continue suffering from neck pain and stiffness. Call the Osteopathic Wellness Center or book an appointment online.