Many people spend
their days at a desk and then go home and have a fitful night of tossing and
turning. Eventually, they begin to believe that having a sore neck is just a
part of life. This isn’t true. A stiff and sore neck can go from being annoying
to debilitating very quickly, and it will need treatment before it starts
affecting your everyday life. Here’s when you should think about booking an
appointment with a Neck physio.
Tingling Or Numbness
A pinched nerve is
the result of bone, muscle or other tissues applying too much pressure on and
around a nerve. If you experience numbness or a pins-and-needles sensation that
doesn’t go away after a day or so, you might need assistance.
When our neck
muscles are stiff, they put pressure on our spine, causing it to click or
grind. The clicking and grinding are usually harmless, but when your muscles
are stiffened for long periods, you increase your risk of injury.
Fainting And Dizziness
If you feel dizzy
when looking up or turning your head, it may be due to arteries along the spine
getting pinched. This could mean that blood flow to the brain is temporarily
being reduced. If you get dizzy often, you could subconsciously stop moving
your head, which in turn will lead to stiffness in the muscles – and even more
problems. A physio will be able to pinpoint where along the spine your arteries
are getting pinched, how to treat it and attend to your stiff neck muscles as
A muscle spasm
happens when one or a group of muscles suddenly stiffen. Unfortunately, there
is no known cause. When this occurs in the neck, the pain can be severe,
causing stiffness and discomfort that radiates down your back and shoulders and
restricts you from moving your head.
from any physical ailment, it’s always a good idea to visit your GP first. If
they’ve ruled out any alternate causes, they’ll likely refer you to a nearby
physiotherapy clinics to treat the issue. This will help
you get to the root cause of the problem before it worsens.