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Four tips that can help you get rid of a kink in your neck

April 8th, 2020
How to get rid of a kink in your neck

We’ve all had to deal with a kink in the neck at one time or another. In many cases it’s because you slept in an awkward position or had poor posture for a few hours at work without realizing it. By addressing basic ergonomic and lifestyle issues like this, that kink in the neck can be easily avoided. 

However, if it starts to become a recurring problem, it could be a sign that you need professional attention. For nearly any injury or condition that causes neck pain and related problems, physical therapy can help. By talking with a licensed and experienced therapist, he or she can help you develop a comprehensive plan to get rid of a kink in your neck. 

Physical therapy treatment options for getting rid of a kink in your neck

When you first begin attending physical therapy, your therapist can perform a thorough examination. This will generally consist of posture and movement tests, a discussion of your symptoms, and a hands-on evaluation of your neck and the surrounding area. With this information, you can work together with your physical therapist to develop a treatment program that is right for your unique situation. 

Here are some of the common recommendations you might hear from a physical therapist to help you get rid of a kink in your neck: 

  1. Strengthen supporting muscles — In many cases, neck pain can be related to muscle weakness. A therapist can help you develop a stronger and more resilient neck. 
  2. Work on your flexibility — By addressing limited range of motion and stiffness, physical therapy can loosen the neck and teach you lower-impact movements.
  3. Relax and mobilize soft tissue — Another cause of a kink in the neck is bundles of muscle and connective tissue that have become tense and stiff. Using manual therapy, a physical therapist can help relieve this tension and increase neck function. 
  4. Improve your posture — Poor posture causes pressure to be distributed unevenly throughout the neck, leading to kinks, aches, pain and spasms. With posture training, physical therapy allows patients to become more aware of their neck positioning during daily activities. 

To get the most out of a course of physical therapy, it’s essential to commit yourself to treatment both in and outside the clinic. Making necessary lifestyle adjustments and ergonomic improvements can be extremely important to improving the long-term health of your neck. 

Get relief from a kink in your neck 

At Rehab Access, we’re passionate about delivering the highest level of patient-centered care for everyone who comes to us for relief. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with a progressive condition like arthritis or are dealing with an injury, we’ll work with you one-on-one to create a plan that is right for your treatment goals. 

Ready to learn more? Contact us today and ask about scheduling your initial appointment at one of our state-of-the-art clinics.