BetterLife Physio

Neck and Upper Back Pain/Conditions

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Pinched (Compressed) Nerves
  • Cervical Arthritis
  • Post-Surgical Fusion Rehabilitation
  • Chronic and Acute Neck Pain, Muscle Spasm, and Tightness.
  • Torticollis
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash Injuries

Neck Pain

    Causes: neck injury or prolonged poor neck posture (for example sitting at a computer), change in alignment, weakness and instability. Any of these causes may irritate the structures of the neck and can even impinge on the nerves exiting the neck, or the central canal protecting the spinal cord.

    Physiotherapy Management
    Our physiotherapists at “BetterLife Physiotherapy” perform a detailed assessment of your neck to determine your range of motion, strength, posture and alignment. Gentle hands-on physiotherapy techniques, special relevant exercises and modalities such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation, to relieve your pain, restore motion and get you back to activities quickly without neck pain.

    Neck Poor Posture (Forward Head Syndrome)

    Forward head syndrome is a very common poor postural condition which can lead to a variety of symptoms from neck pain, to headaches and even impinged nerves radiating pain into the upper extremities.

    Physiotherapy Management
    Our physiotherapists at “BetterLife Physiotherapy” will train you on proper postural positioning and techniques to adapt your work and home areas to reduce the strain on your neck. Also, will work on improving your posture with applying hands-on physiotherapy, stretching, special exercises and postural re–training, our physiotherapists work with you to improve your posture, alignment and neck strength.

    Whiplash Injuries

    Whiplash is a common neck injury which can occur with many different accidents, but is often seen in motor vehicle accidents. Due to the shock and trauma initially from an accident, pain may or may not be present. Whiplash typically feels worse 1–2 days after the injury as inflammation sets in and tissues become swollen. This can lead to headaches, pain with movement and even numbness/tingling into the upper extremities.

    Physiotherapy Management
    Our physiotherapists at “BetterLife Physiotherapy” will apply very gentle hands-on physiotherapy, soft tissue release, ultrasound, TENS, IFC, Cupping, and acupuncture may be administered to relieve the pain and gently help swollen tissues recover. Gradual progression is then made to restore range of motion and begin very gentle exercises. As a result, the pain reduces and the range of motion improves, strengthening and postural exercises will be added to the treatment plan to help having a full recovery.

    Arthritis and Stenosis

    Spinal stenosis can cause chronic pain, numbness and tingling into the arms. People with osteoarthritis in the neck can experience chronic pain, stiffness and limited range of motion with turning their head and looking up.

    Physiotherapy Management
    Our physiotherapists will apply physiotherapy assessment for the range of motion, mobility, strength and posture. Following a fully relevant assessment, we determine the best plan of treatment, which may involve gentle hands-on therapy to restore joint range of motion, soft tissue release to relieve muscle tightness, strengthening, range of motion exercises and postural re–training.

    Degenerative Disc Disease

    It is a part of the aging/wear and tear process, the discs between the cervical vertebrae worn out and shrink. This can increase rubbing of bone on bone, produce bone spurring, increase pressure on joints and nerves exiting the neck. Symptoms are neck pain, radiating pain in the arms, numbness / tingling and muscle weakness sometimes.

    Physiotherapy Management
    Physiotherapy is focusing on maintaining good posture, joint mobility, alignment, strength and range of motion, which can reduce or eliminate symptoms and maintain a healthier spine. Our physiotherapy approach is a great treatment solution to help you feel better and return to normal activities.

    Herniated or Bulging Disc

    Herniated or bulging disc at cervical spine could result from an injury or prolonged, poor posture and strain. Symptoms can range from localized pain, to numbness / tingling to a specific part of the shoulder, arm or hands. Moreover, muscle weakness of an area of the upper extremity can occur.

    Physiotherapy Management
    Physiotherapy goals of treatment include: reduce pain, muscle tightness or tenderness, assume proper postural correction that can alleviate pressure off nerve root.
    Our physiotherapists, at “BetterLife Physiotherapy”, work with you to recover lost strength and range of motion. In addition, we then train you on the correct exercises to maintain good neck posture, restore neck muscle stability and reduce the risk of future recurrence.