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Neck Pain Treatment Medway Kent

Neck Pain Treatment Medway Kent Neck pain treatment in Medway, Kent 

Neck pain is a common occurrence and many of the main neck muscles have their point of attachment at the base of the skull. There are also nerves that supply the head that originate in the upper neck. Therefore because of these connections head pain and headaches are often associated with neck pain.

There are however serious causes of neck pain that will be considered when a case history is taken, however they are fortunately relatively rare. Infection, tumours, meningitis and arterial problems are all serious possibilities. The inner lining of the arteries of the neck have the same nerve supply as the spinal joints. If either a plaque of atherosclerosis (fat within the lining of the artery) is tearing off (the beginnings of a possible stoke), or if the lining is coming away (a artery dissection) neck pain can be a symptom. There is some anecdotal evidence of manipulation causing strokes however statistically approximately between 1 per 120,000 and 1 per 1,666,666 neck manipulations (1). It is unclear whether the manipulations cause stokes or whether this process was underway anyway and the manipulations exacerbated or worsened the problem. Unfortunately the research in this area is limited. However there are some other symptoms that can help to indicate if this is more likely, these are:

· Unfamiliar new or sudden onset of face, upper neck or head pain.

· Double vision.

· Dizziness – any form of vertigo, light-headedness or giddiness.

· Sudden loss of consciousness.

· Difficulty speaking otherwise normal language.

· Difficulty swallowing.

· Loss of control of walking.

· Numbness.

· Feeling sick.

· Rapid involuntary movements of the eye.

Neck and jaw pain can also be related to heart problems so any pain that gets worse with exercise, chest tightness or shortness of breath, drop attacks (loss of consciousness) are concerning symptoms.

Loss of muscle strength in the arms is also a potentially concerning associated symptom. This can be due to musculoskeletal problems such as disc prolapses however it can also be related to nerve issues that may require further investigation.  If your  Osteopathic practitioner is concerned regarding any of the above possibilities you will be referred to either your Doctor or in serious cases accident and emergency (fortunately a rare occurrence in practice).

Now all of the concerning but rare issues have been discussed the main point to take from above is THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF NECK PAIN IS MUSCLE AND LIGAMENT STRAIN AND JOINT PAIN. Wear and tear of the neck joints (Spondylosis) is a common problem as we age. Another common presentation is neck disc prolapses. The spinal discs have a central ball bearing like structure that is the same consistency as toothpaste. If this material breaks through the outside cartilage of the disc it can then compress the spinal nerves. This can require surgery or can resolve with treatment, exercise therapy and time.

Whilst anatomically the neck is made up of bones (vertebrae, sacrum and pelvis), ligaments, muscles, spinal intervertebral discs, nerves, arteries, veins and lymphatic’s (the system that moves fluid and which our immune system works through), pain is due to signals our brain receives from our body. These signals are interpreted and perceived in our brains. Our nervous system receives information from all parts of the body including our visceral organs so when considering neck pain all of these areas above could potentially be involved in generating the pain you feel. Pain is perceived in our brain so our nervous system is key to understanding how pain is regulated. This is why our emotions, beliefs and perceptions are often involved and important when considering low back pain.

What do Osteopaths do?

When considering low back pain Osteopaths take a detailed case history, this gives clues and indicators to potential areas of consideration regarding your neck pain. The Osteopath will then examine the mobility and tension in your body and through their knowledge of anatomy and physiology will formulate an understanding of your body’s function.

Osteopaths use key principles when assessing the function of your body;

The body is a unit – each tissue is interconnected, our body is like an Orchestra – made up of individual parts doing their own thing but also working closely with those around it but also paying attention to a conductor trying to run the whole show. Our body therefore has cellular connections with local tissues but also is receiving fluid from arteries and controlled via the brain through the nervous system.

The rule of the fluids is supreme - The body is approximately 60% of water by weight, so we are therefore a gel of sorts. How our fluid moves through and around the body is fundamental to health and normal function. Therefore how the pressures are regulated between each area of our body is important and considerations like how you breath will be considered. Mechanical impediments can therefore cause changes to the circulation and respiration that affects congestion and swelling in the tissues and can contribute to your pain.

Structure and function affect each other (if you change the structure you change the function and vise versa). Therefore the trauma your body has sustained over time, affects the structure and function through the biomechanics of the body.

Osteopaths consider how your lifestyle can affect your bodies’ function and therefore whether this contributes to your pain. Stress effects immune function and inflammation, our exercise, diet and behaviour effect the function of our body and the pain we experience.

Neck pain therefore is complex and related to you as the individual with multiple factors contributing and affecting how your body functions. As Osteopaths we use differing techniques to connect with the tension in the tissues of the body to improve mobility. By improving the function of the tissues the whole system changes. This changes the pain signals and therefore whether pain is perceived in the brain.

Osteopaths may also refer to other health care practitioners if there is any concerns that may need further investigations or if it is felt that the problem may respond more affectively to another treatment approach. Exercise and lifestyle changes may also be discussed within your treatment plan. Throughout this process options and concerns will be shared so your treatment plan can be agreed.

What Does Treatment Cost?

  • Consultation including treatment (1 hour)
  • £44.00 (Practice Principal)
  • £41.00 (Senior Associate)
  • £39.00 (Associates)
  • Subsequent Treatment Sessions (30 minutes)
  • £44.00 (Practice Principal)
  • £41.00 (Senior Associate)
  • £39.00 (Associates)
  • Consultation including treatment for over 75's
  • £39.00 (Practice Principal)
  • £36.00 (Senior Associate)
  • £34.00 (Associates)
  • Home Visits (non-disabled)
  • Available On Request
  • Home Visits (disabled)
  • Available On Request

Many private health insurance schemes give benefit for Osteopathic treatment. Some will reimburse the total fee that you have paid, some only a percentage. All insurance companies have help lines to explain your benefits and methods of claiming.

Our Location

You can find full details regarding Osteopathy on the Osteopathy and our patient information pages of this website. There is also the health zone page which has lots of information that supports and supplements the treatment you may receive at the clinic.

We provide Osteopathic healthcare to patients from across North Kent including Rainham, Sittingbourne, Medway, Chatham, Gillingham, Rochester, Strood, Sheerness, Maidstone and Faversham.

You will find plenty of Pay and Display parking at Birling Avenue car park (next to the library) 50 metres from us and we welcome enquiries if there is anything else you need to know. Experienced members of the team are always on hand to answer questions.

REGISTERED ADDRESS: 2 Birling Avenue, Rainham, Kent, ME8 7HB.
The Rainham Osteopathic Clinic is registered in England No: 9104545
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