Dealing with neck pain is never very much fun, but it can be especially difficult when your pain makes it hard to turn your head or do other normal activities. Fortunately, physical therapy is an effective treatment option you can use for your neck pain.
Neck pain is a common complaint among Americans, and it’s reported that 54% of U.S. adults experienced neck pain in the past six months. Working with a physical therapist can help you learn the reason for your neck pain. These specialists can help you get effective treatment for neck pain as well.
Three reasons you should consider using physical therapy for your neck pain
Physical therapy plans are typically designed to fit each patient’s needs, and this customization can offer many benefits for people with neck pain. These benefits are excellent reasons for using physical therapy to treat your pain. Some common benefits physical therapy can offer for neck issues include:
1. Reducing pain — One benefit physical therapy can offer people with neck issues is reducing their pain. Therapeutic exercises are one technique your therapist may use to provide this benefit. A study of patients with neck pain found that therapeutic exercises helped 77% of them cut their pain by at least 50%.
2. Improving neck range of motion (ROM) — The neck is designed to tilt forward, backward and side to side. It can also rotate to the left and right. However, these normal movements can be reduced by issues that trigger neck pain.
Fortunately, therapeutic exercises have also been shown to help improve neck ROM. One study reports that an eight-week therapeutic exercise program helped improve:
- Cervical flexion by 26% (14.7°).
- Cervical extension by 18% (10.7°).
- Right lateral flexion by 15% (6.0°).
- Left lateral flexion by 14% (5.9°).
- Right rotation by 10% (8.5°).
- Left rotation by 9% (7.4°).
3. Increasing pain pressure threshold (PPT) — PPT helps medical professionals gauge how tender your neck is to the touch. A higher PPT score means it takes more pressure to trigger pain in the area being tested. A physical therapy tool called Active Release Techniques® (ART) can help neck pain sufferers increase the PPT. Researchers from one study reveal that using ART on patients with chronic neck pain led to a:
- 7.69-point increase in right upper trapezius muscle PPT.
- 5.05-point improvement in left upper trapezius PPT.
- 3.88-point boost in right sternocleidomastoid muscle PPT.
- 5.16-point increase in left sternocleidomastoid PPT.
Find top-notch physical therapy for neck pain at Arrow PTR
Are you ready to find high-quality physical therapy for your neck pain? Our specialists at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation are ready and willing to help you get the top-notch care you’re looking for. We offer free screenings designed to pinpoint the cause of your neck pain. Also, our physical therapists are adept at constructing therapy plans that are unique to each of our patients. You can even sign up for an at-home care or virtual therapy session with us to get treatment from home.
Contact our team today for more information about the neck pain treatment services we offer or to schedule an initial appointment.