Are you struggling with neck pain? Do you feel pain in your upper back?
It has certainly happened to you to be limited with your neck movements and to have sensations around your upper back. Why is this the case? Why does this happen? What are the possible solutions in this regard? We will try to guide you as much as possible.
Our neck serves us in a myriad of contexts, whether it is to change lanes, by car, for example, or to watch birds chirp at the top of a tree.
In some cases, people will even think that their neck is "weak" because of the repetition of these disturbing and draining events, which can sometimes occur in a frequent time frame.
The reality is that our neck experiences different stresses in the course of a day and a lack of mobility in the joints that make it up can promote protective spasms. On a different note, your neck may experience the lack of mobility of adjacent joints and become hyperactive (attempting to make compensatory movements), which will also generate protective spasms and pain.
Indeed, when your neck ''blocks'', this is due to what we call more precisely a '' spasm '', which is a protective reflex. The latter aims at preserving the integrity of the structures of the neck. Most of the time, without necessarily realizing it, it can happen at any time. You could, for example, be doing some movement and feel a sharp pain settle, in addition to noting the decrease in the amplitude of your neck. In other cases, these sensations will settle progressively as a result of a specific activity.
What you have to understand is that your neck is the logical continuation of your back and is found at the junction of shoulders and shoulder blades. He is therefore strongly concerned by what surrounds it.
A lack of shoulder mobility? Your neck may compensate and be hyperactive to assist in the production of missing movements, thereby promoting subsequent spasms. Learn more here.
A lack of mobility in the back? The absence of segmentation in the vertebrae of the back can increase the pressure on some structures of the neck, wanting to compensate for this lack of available movements. Learn more here.
What is an injury? Learn more here.
What is spasm? Learn more here.
What are the possible solutions?
Obviously, there are many solutions. Some will suggest short-term measures, ie symptom management, while others will favour effective long-term measures that will aim at targeting the source of the problem and develop a specific plan of action. The goal should be to increase mobility and control of the joints involved.
Sometimes, changes in habits may be necessary in order to act daily on your neck and upper back!
Functions of the neck
The neck functions through the interaction of structures and tissues that affect the movement of the head, relative to the cervical vertebrae (7 vertebrae), as well as between the cervical vertebrae. These movements are flexion, extension, ipsilateral rotation, contralateral rotation and lateral flexion.
Our proven steps to improve the functions of your neck
Functional Movement AnalysisTM
During Functional Movement Analysis™, we will observe several elements related to the functions of your neck :
(1) We will use a thermographic apparatus to observe the presence of inflammatory processes;
(2) The ability for your neck to produce dissociation between the vertebraes linked to the movements of the head in relation to the cervical portion carried out passively (with the help of the therapist) and actively (performed by the individual) will be observed;
(3) Segmentation of cervical vertebrae performed in a passive and active manner.
Why does segmentation matter so much? Learn more here.
These movements serve to establish your functional ability to move. If you are limited or feel pain as part of the movements presented, it is not recommended to continue with these. They should be performed in the complete absence of pain.
Corrective Massage TherapyTM
Our manual therapy approach will aim at accelerating the benefits of inflammatory processes, in order to promote healing, to reduce protective spasms, to restore passive amplitudes of passive movements without pain, as well as to promote control, by the individual, movements related to the functioning of the neck.
Thus, we will combine, in a systematic and progressive way:
(1) Specific techniques to accelerate the role of inflammation;
(2) Decompression techniques at the cervical level to promote joint function;
(3) Techniques to restore the ability of the individual to control the different movements of his/her neck by eliminating protective spasms.
Functional Corrective ExercisesTM
What is the best way to act on your quality of life? By giving you the tools you need to take control of your life! No more saying that your neck is '' weak '' - we will allow you to control and understand the movements of your neck.
With different educational tools you will better understand the role of your neck in your daily activities and know what to do on a daily basis to maintain control over the joint health of your neck.
Thus, we will use educational:
(1) Increase active mobility
(2) Dissociate cervical vertebrae from back and shoulders;
(3) Practice daily movements to maintain active mobility amplitudes and preserve your joint functions.
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