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Neck Pain

Neck Pain Treatment in Cornwall

Neck pain is a common complaint that typically develops over time as a result of poor posture, normal wear and tear or unusual sleeping positions. Neck pain can also be due to an injury. 

Osteopaths are experts in dealing with spinal and muscular issues, and osteopathy is an ideal treatment for many causes of neck pain. We are an experienced practice with clinics in Looe, Saltash and Millbrook, providing skilled treatment for neck pain and related conditions, including back pain clinic and sports injury clinic services.

Our expert practitioners are easily within reach from Plymouth, Torpoint, Tideford and Kingsand, and booking an appointment is made quick and simple through our online booking system.

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We provide treatment for most causes of neck pain
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Seven vertebrae make up the cervical spine

Anatomy of the Neck

Seven vertebrae, called C1 to C7, comprise the neck, or the cervical spine. It connects the base of the skull to the thoracic spine, which consists of 12 vertebrae and is located in the upper and middle back.

Ligaments, muscles and tendons stabilise and strengthen the seven vertebrae, providing them with mobility and support. A vertebral disc provides cushioning, while the neck also has two facet joints, which provide forwards, backwards and twisting motions.

Conditions We Treat

Osteopaths are able to help with a wide range of complaints including aches and pains, minor injuries, and chronic conditions. If you’re not sure whether we can help in your case, please contact us for a free telephone consultation. 

Types of Neck Pain

Neck pain, also known as cervicalgia, occurs when there is an issue in the cervical spine. Typically, this occurs when overuse or overextension leads to straining or spraining a ligament, muscle or tendon, causing discomfort, pain or soreness. There are various types of neck pain including:

  • Axial neck pain, which is felt mainly in the neck
  • Radicular neck pain, which shoots into the arms and shoulders
  • Referred pain, when another problem, such as a jaw injury, causes pain in the neck area
  • Myelopathic pain, which is when the spinal cord is compressed in the neck

Acute neck pain is when soreness comes and goes more quickly and generally lasts less than four weeks. Longer-lasting chronic neck pain can remain for months or more. If you are suffering from neck pain and have any questions regarding our treatments, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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There are several types of neck pain

Causes of Neck Pain

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Poor posture is a common cause of neck pain

Causes of Neck Pain

Acute neck pain is typically caused by:

  • Poor posture, especially if working at a desk
  • Sleeping in an awkward position
  • Repetitive motions, such as dancing
  • Trauma, including an awkward fall, whiplash or sporting injury

Chronic neck pain is generally caused by deeper underlying conditions, such as:

Our Osteopaths

Registered with the General Osteopathic Council and Institute of Osteopathy

Yvonne Cosbie, osteopath

Yvonne Cosbie

Principal Osteopath

Georgia Slater, Osteopath

Georgia Slater

Associate Osteopath

Symptoms of Neck Pain

Neck pain symptoms can range from a persistent ache, either in a specific area or across the entire region, a stabbing or burning pain, or even a shooting pain through the neck.

Other issues include stiffness or restricted mobility, especially when turning or nodding the head. Headaches can also occur, while physical neck issues can also cause numbness or tingles in the shoulders and arms.

If you are suffering from neck pain and would like to discuss your symptoms and whether osteopathic treatment can help, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Neck pain can also lead to headaches
Neck pain, Cornwall
We will normally be able to give you an immediate diagnosis

Neck Pain Diagnosis

Whilst we all suffer from the occasional stiff neck, if the problem doesn’t go away after a few days or if you find yourself regularly in pain, come and see us.  We are able to provide you with an accurate medical diagnosis and explain the most appropriate treatment plan for your case. Osteopaths are also trained primary care practitioners, meaning we are able to refer you to the correct service if osteopathy is not the most appropriate treatment in your case, or for further diagnostic scans if necessary.

At your appointment your osteopath will give you time to explain the problem, before moving on to a thorough examination of the affected area and of your general biomechanics. We will normally be able to give you an immediate diagnosis and treatment and you will normally notice an improvement from your first session.

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Treating Neck Pain With Osteopathy

Osteopaths use a range of physical therapy techniques including direct spinal manipulation, dry needling (also known as medical or western acupuncture) and soft tissue techniques such as deep tissue massage and myofascial release.

Following your initial examination and diagnosis, your osteopath will explain the most appropriate treatment modalities for your particular problem. If you have not experienced a particular treatment before your osteopath will explain and demonstrate it to you, and you are free to refuse any treatment you are not comfortable with (i.e. if you don’t like needles).

Osteopathy is an ideal treatment for most neck pain

Booking An Appointment

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Booking an appointment is easy online

Booking An Appointment

Booking is easy using our online system, allowing you to select a convenient appointment time and practitioner and reserve your appointment online.

Our Looe clinic is accessible from Liskeard, Polperro and Menheniot, while our central Saltash practice serves areas including Plymouth and Tideford comfortably. Millbrook, close to Torpoint and the Rame Peninsula, is a peaceful clinic with car parking.

All our practitioners are fully registered with the General Osteopathic Council and Institute of Osteopathy. Our friendly staff are here to help, so if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Useful Further Reading

Spine health information sheet all about neck pain

NHS information on neck pain

Healthline factsheet on neck pain symptoms and more serious neck pain

NHS guide on neck problems, including advice on sleeping positions

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You can find more useful information online

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We have two welcoming and conveniently situated clinics

Yvonne Cosbie, osteopath

Medical Review

The information on this page has been reviewed for accuracy by Yvonne Cosbie BOst BSc, osteopath and clinical director, Whole Body Osteopathy.


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