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Neck pain is very common, but the good news is that most neck pain is not caused by serious disease. “Mechanical neck pain” is the name healthcare professionals use when joint and muscle problems result in neck pain. Current evidence suggests that a combination of manual therapy and exercise is effective for patients with mechanical neck pain. A variety of manual therapy treatments for the neck and upper back are currently used to try to lessen neck pain.



These treatments include mobilization, which slowly and repeatedly moves the neck joints and muscles, and manipulation, which delivers a single, small, quick movement to the joints and muscles. 


After 1 week, patients who perform their prescribed mobility exercises and receive both mobilization of the neck and manipulation of the upper back typically note greater relief of their neck pain. Research has concluded that the combination of exercise with neck mobilization and upper back manipulation is more effective in reducing pain in the first week of treatment.


Patients with typical neck pain, may benefit from a physical therapy program that includes exercises combined with neck mobilization and upper back manipulation.

Potential benefits include less pain and improved ability to perform daily activities. Our physical therapists can perform an evaluation to help determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment. 

We will put together a personalized Plan of Care, that is specific to your body type, to help you with the recover process.


-As reported in the August '13 issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy