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Wry Neck: Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Discomfort

The back and neck are comprised of numerous muscles; the condition and state of each impacting countless others. These muscles are of course controlled and coordinated by the central nervous system: the brain and spinal cord.This is why they are also prone to stiffness and pain on occasion. One common and frustrating condition is known as wry neck. This situation is characterised by a twisted position and cramping that ultimately leads to reduced mobility. Not only can wry neck be quite painful, but it often limits everyday movements that would otherwise not present an issue. Unfortunately, many individuals suffer in silence due to the fact that they are not aware of the associated treatment options. The simple fact is that a number of steps can be taken in order to mitigate the symptoms of wry neck. Let us now look at a handful of powerful neck pain treatment options as well as why speaking with a trained chiropractor can produce viable results within a relatively short period of time. 

Wry Neck Pain Treatment Possibilities at a Glance

Wry neck is normally caused by issues such as nerve dysfunction, overuse and incorrect posture. The good news is that many of the symptoms of this condition can be alleviated by incorporating a few worthwhile suggestions into your daily routine. As wry neck will often occur during colder times of the year, it is best to keep your neck warm while out and about using turtleneck sweaters and high-collared jackets, for example. More blood circulation in these muscles decreases the chances of experiencing pain and stiffness. 

Another recommendation is to use a rolled-up towel behind your neck to provide your neck with slight traction when lying flat in bed. This will help your neck to return to its natural position; alleviating tension and allowing your spine to relax. The towel should be thick enough so that the back of your head meets the mattress when laying down.

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Posture is a final concern which needs to be addressed. Wry neck is often caused by remaining in a static position for an extended period of time (such as sitting in front of a computer at work). This is why it is important to ensure correct ergonomics at a computer, move around and to regularly stretch. Specific exercises can also be quite useful if you happen to be dealing with chronic pain and many of these will be provided by a trained chiropractor. Poor spinal structure in the form of an absent lordotic curve or a significant spinal segment rotation resulting from past trauma are big contributers to poor flexibilty and range of motion. Addressing this concern with little force is of significant value to the individual’s wellbeing.

This brings us to the next major point. 

Why Work with a Trained Chiropractor?

The first step towards alleviating the discomfort associated with wry neck is to understand its causes. This is when the experience of a professional chiropractor should be sought out. Chiropractors will quickly get to the root of the problem, so relief is much closer than you may think. If you suffer from wry neck, get in touch with Spine Scan Chiropractic. Dr Rocchi uses a low force technique that identifies problems and safely treats the underlying cause. We will be more than happy to address your unique needs through computerised adjustments and Trigenics so that you can start feeling better.

Our south office is in the Mount Pleasant/Applecross and the north office in Scarborough/Doubleview area.

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2nd Floor, 166 Brighton Road
Scarborough
Perth
6019
Western Australia
Phone: (08) 6150 8783
Email: info@spinescan.com.au

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1st Floor, 1 The Esplanade
Mount Pleasant
Perth
6153
Western Australia
Phone: (08) 6150 8785
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