Some pains in specific areas can run through another part of the body. When your pain is originating in your neck, it can also be experienced in the head, arms, or legs sometimes. As pain worsens, it is possible for it to radiate further from where it originates.
What Can Physical Therapy Do?
Physical therapy for neck pain is designed to treat the components that support the spine. These include the tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints around the neck. Your treatment will involve both active and passive techniques of physical therapy to achieve the full recovery, mobility, and injury prevention for the future.
A passive physical therapy applies different techniques such as massage therapy, and ice and heat packs application. A regular massage therapy is recommended to reduce pain and loosen the muscles. Ice or heat application help to alleviate swelling and discomfort, other than improving blood flow for healing in the affected area.
While an active physical therapy for neck pain typically involves specialized exercises, stretches, adjustments that help alleviate or manage your pain altogether. Sometimes, water therapy may be advised, as the lightness of water takes pressure off of the cervical and lumbar spine when you are doing the prescribed exercises.