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 repetitve injuries that can come on over weeks or even years, slowly building in frequency and duration. They may also be due to poor posture when seated at a desk, 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, once the pain is reduced, to improve their overall spine health.


The term “whiplash” is used to describe a range of injuries that can occur to the neck by a rapid acceleration and deceleration, commonly a car accident but can occur from any sudden movement such as 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 headaches. These symptoms can appear directly after the injury, but often are not felt until days afterwards. It is important to seek medical advice after any serious car accident to make sure the spine and other structures in the spine are not seriously injured.

Your osteopath will consider if direct treatment is applicable for your case, as the tissues may still be very sensitive.  We can help by treating surrounding areas such as the mid back, which 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/prolaspe          Arthritis