Neck Pain and StiffnessBack to Listing
A retired lady, 67 years old, previously a school teacher.
Suffering from neck pain and stiffness, gradually getting worse over the last 2 years.
All movements of the neck were reduced. This lady had to turn her body to look over her shoulder, especially the right. There was pain at the base of the neck when turning right and left although the right was worse. There was a pull and pain when taking the ear to the shoulder, more pain on the right when taking the left ear to the shoulder. She was unable to lift her left arm above 150° and right arm above 120°, (although she had not been aware of the problem). The left and right scalenes, left and right levator scapulae, posterior cervical muscles and trapezius were tight.
There were a total of five treatments spanning over five weeks. It included the following procedures:
- Myofascial release to scalenes, levator scapulae, trapezius, cervical and upper thoracic muscles.
- Mobilise cervical spine, upper thoracic spine, collarbone left and right.
- Fascial release to the posterior, anterior neck and left / right scapula.
- Gentle exercises were given to increase the range of motion of the neck.
The pain was gone after treatment, there was an increase of movement to the neck, although it was not the full range, this would carry on improving with continued exercises.