Neck Pain and Stiffness - 10 Minute Master Class (Part 1)
Treating the Stiff Neck
What is commonly known as a "stiff neck" is typically reported as soreness and difficulty moving the neck, especially when trying to turn the head sideways.
Clients may also present other associated symptoms including headache, neck pain, shoulder pain and even arm pain.
In many cases, failure to address the problem leads to various postural related issues.
This is because over time, the client will have begun to turn the entire body when attempting to look sideways, instead of just the neck.
This is always something to be aware of when treating a client for a stiff neck.
It becomes especially important to note the length of time that the client has been suffering and to understand their occupation and lifestyle habits in the context of the neck, and the overall assessment.
Trigger points are almost always involved and it's typically the same old culprits (Trapezius, Levator Scapulae, Splenius Muscles, and SCM), although as stated above, you often need to consider trigger points in all the main postural muscles.
There are numerous techniques for treating the stiff neck, as this is such a common area for therapists to work on, and by the way, one of those areas where outcomes are usually extremely positive.
The technique demonstrated in this 10-minute master class video is one that we have found to be autonomously reproducible, and is typically performed in addition to direct treatment of the trigger points.
About the author
Stuart Hinds is one of Australia’s leading soft tissue therapists, with over 27 years of experience as a practitioner, working with elite sports athletes, supporting Olympic teams, educating and mentoring others as well as running a highly successful clinic in Geelong.
Stuart has a strong following of practitioners across Australia and globally who tap into his expertise as a soft-tissue specialist. He delivers a range of highly sought after seminars across Australia, supported by online videos, webinars and one-on-one mentoring to help support his colleagues to build successful businesses.
In 2016, Stuart was awarded a lifetime membership to Massage & Myotherapy Australia for his significant support and contribution to the industry.
This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell.