Neck Pain and Whiplash

Neck Pain

Neck pain is a very common problem and muscle strains and ligament sprains are the most common cause. An acute strain happens suddenly or over a short duration of time. This can be caused by moving the head quickly, straining when lifting or even sleeping in an awkward position. Our osteopaths will aim to reduce the muscle tension and improve movement of the neck to speed recovery.

Chronic strains are due to repetitive injuries that can come on over weeks or even years. These can slowly build in frequency and duration. They may also be due to poor posture when seated, or continuously straining the neck muscles when lifting. These types of problems take longer to resolve, so it is advisable to come in for treatment sooner before it becomes a chronic issue. Many patients find it beneficial to come in for maintenance treatment.  This can improve overall spine health once the pain is reduced.


The term “whiplash” is used to describe a range of injuries that can occur to the neck by a rapid acceleration and deceleration. This can be a car accident, but can also happen as a result of a fall.

Symptoms usually include:
Pain and aching in the neck and back;
Pain radiating to the shoulders;
Pins and needles to the arms and legs; and

These symptoms can appear directly after the injury, but often are not felt until days afterwards. It is always important to seek medical advice after any serious car accident. This makes sure the spine and other structures in the spine are not seriously injured.

Your osteopath will consider if direct treatment is applicable, as the tissues may still be very sensitive. We can help by treating surrounding areas such as the mid back. Research has shown to be very beneficial.

If your neck pain is associated with symptoms such as weakness in the arms, dizziness, or fever seek urgent medical advice.

Other Causes

Other common causes can be disc herniation/prolapses and arthritis. Please click on the links below for further information.

Disc herniation/prolapse          Arthritis