Neck pain, which doctors prefer to refer to as cervicalgia, is inflammation of the cervical vertebrae – those bones that support the neck and head.

he pain causes stiffening of the neck and a severe decrease in the ability to move.

Often, the stiffening and pain tend to radiate to the shoulders and arms, sometimes experiencing an uncomfortable tingling in the fingers of the hand. Frequently, cervicalgia is accompanied by headaches, dizziness, visual discomfort and nausea.

It is one of the most common diseases in the Western world and often the main cause is a bad posture (at home or at work) that often afflicts those who spend many hours in front of the TV, cell phone or tablet. Sometimes it is caused by a bad position of the neck during sleep that develops contractures for “defense”.

How does neck pain develop?

Neck pain also develops as a result of a traumatic event such as a car accident (the famous “whiplash”) and more generally when the neck makes a sudden and violent movement.

Neck pain is typical of contact sports or those sports that involve frequent movements of the head such as dancing or swimming.

How does the treatment work?

Therapy is based on an appropriate therapeutic plan, which depending on the circumstances may include manual manipulation through a variety of techniques aimed at loosening contractures and mobilizing the muscle fascia, not only of the cervical area but also of neighboring districts such as shoulders, arms, back and chest.

In addition to specific manipulative therapies, instrumental physical therapies, kinesiotherapy and muscle kinesiotaping are used. Daily worksheets are provided in addition to the therapy plan as a supplement to the therapy.

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