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Four physical therapy treatments for neck and shoulder pain

November 5th, 2020
neck and shoulder pain

Neck and shoulder pain is one of the most common causes of pain in American adults. Often, neck and shoulder pain develop at the same time because the neck and shoulders share a lot of the same muscles and tendons. 

You rely on your neck and shoulders for the majority of your daily activities, so when they’re in constant pain, it can be a hassle to get through the day. Thankfully, there are some treatments that can help reduce and prevent neck and shoulder pain.

Four physical therapy treatments for neck and shoulder pain

Physical therapists are licensed health care professionals who specialize in treating conditions that affect your muscles, bones, joints and soft tissue. They are skilled in identifying the underlying causes of neck and shoulder pain and developing treatment routines that can help.

At Rehab Access, treatment routines are always personalized to the needs of each patient, but there are some general treatments you can almost always expect, including:

  1. Therapeutic exercise — Physical therapists can guide you through gentle, therapeutic exercises to improve the strength of your muscles. Stronger muscles in your neck and shoulder are less prone to tension and pain, and they provide better support for your bones and joints.
  2. Gentle stretching — Stretches help with your strength, but they also help with your flexibility and range of motion. Your physical therapist will guide you through gentle stretches that can help reduce pain and improve the function of your neck and shoulders.
  3. Hands-on therapy — Your physical therapist may perform hands-on therapy, such as joint mobilization or soft tissue mobilization, to help with your condition. These treatments help reduce pain, improve range of motion and break up scar tissue.
  4. Posture guidance — Hunching your shoulders or hanging your head forward exert massive amounts of strain on your shoulders and neck. Your physical therapist can help you improve your posture to help reduce and prevent neck and shoulder pain.

Visit Rehab Access for neck and shoulder pain treatment

Are you tired of constant neck and shoulder pain that defines every aspect of your day? It’s time to visit a physical therapist at Rehab Access for help. Contact our team today for more information about neck and shoulder pain treatment or to schedule an initial appointment.