So What is the Difference Between Shoulder and Neck Pain?
This really depends upon where the pain originates. Neck problems can often cause pain in the shoulder or arm. Shoulder pain, although usually more localised, can occur as a result of other structures. Interestingly, over 20 muscles are directly involved in shoulder movement and some of these originate from the back, neck or chest.
What Causes Neck or Shoulder Pain to Arise?
Direct trauma to the neck or shoulder can cause injuries, for example road traffic accidents or even lifting heavy weights at the gym. Depending on the severity of the injury, examination may be required. However, sometimes just sleeping awkwardly can cause irritation to a muscle or joint, causing muscle guarding and pain upon movement. Poor standing or seating posture can cause loading on joints, ligaments, and nerves causing irritation and pain.
Care needs to be taken with shoulder or neck pain to ensure that it is not referred pain as a result of an underlying pathology, for example, a heart attack or angina. We advise to seek medical advice if you’re experiencing shoulder or neck pain with; shortness of breath, squeezing or gripping sensation in the chest, cold sweats, or nausea.
How Can Osteopathy Help?
The key to treating any problem is to find the root cause. At Pure Health Osteopath Clinic we carry out a thorough assessment, and offer treatment and advice based on our findings. We take into consideration your life demands, health, and tailor our treatments to suit. Treatments typically involve massage techniques to ease tight and painful muscles, joint mobilisation to restore movement and improve restriction.
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If you have any concerns about your neck or shoulder pain, or would like to find out more, contact Pure Health Osteopath Clinic on 01179 000 935