Neck Pain

Because of Neck Pain and Headaches, Do You Find It Difficult to Sleep, Lift Weights, Look Into Overhead Cabinets, Look Over Your Shoulder While Driving, or Carry Out Your Daily Tasks at Home or Work?

Does this apply to you?

We're Here to Assist You in Finding Long-Term Solutions.
We Treat the Following Common Neck Disorders:
  • Headaches
  • Joint Stiffness And Lack Of Motion
  • Muscle Strains and Muscle Tension
  • Degenerative Disc Disease & Injuries
  • Nerve Pain
Typical Root Causes Of Pain:
  1. Impaired Mechanics/Posture:
    • Poor Posture causes changes in tissue flexibility and joint mobility. These lead to muscle imbalances which result in weakness and pain throughout the cervical (neck) region.
  2. Injury that was caused by a rapid load or impact on the tissue. Such as Whiplash, Muscle Strains, Joint Impingements, or Disc Disorders.
  3. Chronic compensatory methods include avoiding activity in certain muscle groups and overusing other tissues due to previous injuries or the fear of future injuries.

Every inch of “forward head” posture adds a significant strain on the neck including the muscles and joints. 

Ethos PT's Approach
  1. Correct cervical and thoracic (midback) posture and spine mobility.
  2. Address tissue restrictions such as tightness in the upper neck muscles and pecs (chest) via soft tissue massage, instrument-assisted mobilization, cupping and other techniques.
  3. Manipulation, manual joint mobilization, and manual traction can all aid in improving spine joint mobility.
  4. Increase the strength of weak muscles. Often those that control the shoulder blades, keep us upright and flex the neck.
  5. Decrease Nerve Sensitivity (numbness, tingling, and discomfort that extends down the arm) with specific nerve exercises.
  6. As pain is reduced, return to performing functional and recreational activities (working out, throwing, catching, pushing, pulling, and pressing).

Important Facts to Keep in Mind

  • Tissues heal. The body can heal itself, but on occasion, our system becomes stuck in the inflammatory stage of tissue repair and requires aid to advance to recovery.
  • MRI and X-ray imaging results frequently do not correspond well with the underlying cause of pain. Without discomfort or functional impairment, imaging may reveal tissue injury. Furthermore, pain may occur despite the absence of apparent abnormalities on imaging; this is often the result of high nerve tissue sensitivity.
  • Although it is not usually the intended result, discomfort after exercise does not necessarily cause concern. Actual strength increases need a system overload, which causes micro damage. That tissue regenerates stronger and thicker than before. When establishing whether the tissue is ready to handle the increased weight, the discomfort should be used as a guideline. If the tissue is not yet ready, the exercise intensity should be lessened until it is.
  • With proper training, good mechanics, and incremental tissue loading, it is nearly always possible to return to prior or desired activities.

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