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I am twelve. Really bad headaches 12 months ago and many hospital and doctors appointments without a diagnosis led me to try osteopathy...

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Osteopathy Neck Pain


Osteopathy Postural Problems


Osteopathy Disc Problems


Osteopathy Whiplash


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At the Osteopathic Health Centre Chester we can help you recover from a host of conditions including; low back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, arthritis and muscle spasms.

We are conveniently placed for visitors coming to us from all parts of; Cheshire, Wirral, Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales, Chester, Christleton, Tattenhall, Tarporley, Malpas, Kelsall, Helsby, Frodsham, Hawarden, Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port, Queensferry, Hawarden, Flint, Wrexham.

Neck Pain

Most neck pain is mechanical or musculoskeletal in origin and therefore likely to benefit from an osteopathic assessment and treatment.

The neck is a complex and vulnerable part of the spine as it has a large range of movement but is relatively unsupported.

The neck carries the weight of the head and it is subjected to huge postural stresses and strains, so not surprisingly many people suffer from neck discomfort as well as headaches. See our section on headaches.

Some common causes of neck pain are;

Acute muscle spasm

This is often characterised by the head being held on one side with a restricted range of movement. This painful but short-lived condition might follow sleeping in an awkward position or carrying out unaccustomed activity. Sometimes a tiny facet joint in the neck can become inflamed resulting in muscle spasm around the joint involved.

Arthritic pain, Wear and tear, Spondylosis

As we age our spines start to wear. The extent of degenerative changes and whether these changes are painful depends on many factors such as age, posture, previous injuries, hobbies, sports etc. X-rays can be useful to demonstrate the extent of degenerative changes however the findings do not always correlate with the symptoms i.e. severe degenerative changes may be seen on an X-ray but the person experiences very few symptoms and vice versa.

Whiplash injuries

Whiplash injuries are a common cause of neck pain. See whiplash injuries.

Postural problems

Postural problems can cause neck discomfort especially as many people sit slouched in front of a computer all day. See postural problems.

Disc problems

Disc problems are less common in this area than in the low back. However a disc protrusion in the neck can be extremely painful and may be accompanied by pain radiating into the arm. See disc problems.

How can an Osteopath help with neck pain?

The neck is a delicate and complex area which osteopaths are trained to assess and treat. The history and detailed physical and postural examination enable the osteopath to assess whether the symptoms are musculoskeletal in origin and if osteopathy is likely to help. If, on the other hand, the osteopath has concerns that there may be an underlying condition which is not suitable for osteopathic treatment you will be asked to return to your GP for their advice and appropriate investigations.

The osteopathic examination involves assessing posture and determining whether the load placed through the joints in the neck is too great. Osteopaths have a finely developed sense of palpation that enables them to assess the tiny movements within the individual facet joints of the neck. Treatment can involve combining different osteopathic techniques such as soft tissue massage, articulation and gentle re-balancing techniques that decrease the mechanical strain placed on the joints and soft tissues. Advice on posture, exercises and management tips can also help.