What our patient’s say:
The burning pain in my neck and arm was excruciating even with strong prescription painkillers. I was told by a consultant that I had slipped a disc in my lower neck and I would need surgery. A friend told me to see Robert Griffiths before I had the operation. I am so grateful I did, he explained everything to me and showed me some special exercises that were different from the set my physio gave me. He corrected my posture, my workstation, my bike setup, gave me insoles and relieved the pain after one visit. I was 100% pain free in two weeks and I can train properly for my races again! Thank you so much!!! Simon Davies, 32, Broker and Ironman Triathlete
We help a lot of people with neck pain at both our Moorgate and Kensington Clinics. 28% of our patients have some sort of neck pain. It normally feels like an ache and/or a sharp neck pain with stiffness in the surrounding muscles. Neck pain sometimes develops suddenly after twisting your neck awkwardly or it can develop gradually as a result of years of poor posture, lack of exercise and a sedentary job.
If your neck pain is combined with pain or numbness in your shoulder, arm and hand, then you may also have a pinched nerve. If you are a sportsperson with neck pain, it is important that we correct any faulty techniques and biomechanics, which can contribute to your neck pain.
At Pro Performance Clinics we help you to understand why your neck pain started in the first place, then show you how to correct it. Remember…we treat the cause, not just the symptoms!
Mechanical neck pain is the most common type of neck pain we see. Every day we help patients relieve their neck pain using our specialist treatment methods and easy to follow rehab program. When too much pressure is placed on the small joints in your cervical (upper) spine, neck pain is the result. This can happen in two ways; when small amounts of pressure build up in the joint over time, e.g. due to poor posture at work. Alternatively it can occur when lots of pressure is applied suddenly to the joints, e.g. when you twist your neck awkwardly.
Mechanical neck pain normally affects the area surrounding your upper back. It can also refer pain to your shoulder, arm and hands. This type of neck pain may be worse in the morning, when sitting for prolonged periods of time or when turning your head. You may also find bending movements extremely painful and that lying down flat eases your neck pain.
Mechanical neck pain can be diagnosed following a full history, physical exam, walking (gait) analysis and functional tests. Athletes, if you only get neck pain whilst running or cycling, then we will video you running or cycling to identify the cause of your problem. It is not normally necessary to have an MRI or X-ray for this type of neck pain.
Mechanical neck pain is normally caused by irritating the small joints (called facet joints) in your upper back. These joints can become very painful if too much pressure is placed on them. Poor posture, weak core muscles, lack of exercise, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle can all put excessive pressure on these joints.
For athletes, it is normally poor training technique, muscle imbalances, faulty biomechanics or footwear that cause the problem. At Pro Performance we establish the root cause of your neck pain and correct it, so you don’t have to keep coming back. Remember…treat the cause, not just the symptoms.
- What to expect:
- Athletes: If your neck pain is caused by faulty running technique due to incorrect core muscle training, we will video you running, highlight the key areas that are faulty, then show you the corrective exercises to prevent reoccurrence.
- Office workers: If you sit at a computer all day and are overweight, then we will work with you to create a tailored healthy eating and exercise plan. Then we will look at your workstation setup for any further contributing factors.
Treatment for mechanical neck pain is very simple. At Pro Performance Clinics, we treat the cause and the symptoms of your neck pain simultaneously. Helping you become pain free and fitter than before!
1. We relax your painful upper neck muscles using massage, acupuncture and gentle stretching techniques.
2. We mobilise and/or manipulate your painful neck joints to relieve the stiffness.
3. We strengthen the weak neck muscles surrounding the joints.
4. We always correct the underlying cause of the pain too: e.g. poor posture, pelvic/spinal misalignment, weak core muscles, faulty foot/gait patterns, a leg length difference, poor workplace ergonomics, old injuries/surgery, obesity, stress and poor diet.
Please note, your neck pain is very different to everyone else’s, so your treatment plan will be uniquely tailored to suit your individual condition.
We make preventing mechanical neck pain simple. We guide you through an easy to follow exercise program that strengthens your upper back and neck muscles, improves your posture and supports your spine. Combine this with an active lifestyle and you should have no serious neck pain issues in the future.
This type of neck pain is also common. It is technically known as a ‘cervical disc bulge’, a ‘disc protrusion’ or a ‘herniated disc’ depending on your problem. In plain English, when one of the small cushions (discs) that sit between the vertebrae bulges or ruptures, pressure is then put on the nerve. This causes neck pain and also sends nerve pain down into the shoulder, arm and hands.
Most people have moderate to severe neck pain with symptoms also present in the shoulder, arm and hands. The arm symptoms can vary from mild numbness or pins and needles, to severe shooting pains. Bending your neck forward normally aggravates the arm pain, moving the neck and sitting for prolonged periods of time can be very painful.
The discs in your neck can bulge or herniate when the rear portion of the disc is damaged. This can be through gradual wear and tear, normally caused by sitting for prolonged periods of time, poor posture, a bad work chair or weak neck muscles. If you are a sportsperson, the disc can bulge following trauma to the neck, inadequate neck stability training, spinal muscle imbalances, leg length difference and faulty walking biomechanics.
This type of neck pain can be diagnosed following a full case history, physical exam and functional tests. It is not necessary to have an MRI unless the pain is extremely severe and does not improve with manual treatment.
Our treatment for neck pain with arm pain is the best first option for relieving your problem. At Pro Performance Clinics, we treat the cause and the symptoms of your neck pain simultaneously. Helping you become pain free and fitter than before!
1. We relax your painful neck/upper neck muscles using massage, acupuncture and gentle stretching.
2. We mobilise and/or manipulate your painful neck joints to relieve the stiffness.
3. We strengthen the weak muscles surrounding your neck/upper neck.
4. We always correct the underlying cause of your pain too: e.g. poor posture, a misaligned pelvis, weak spinal muscles, faulty walking patterns, a leg length difference, poor workstation setup, unresolved injuries/surgery, obesity, stress and poor diet.
Please note, your neck pain with arm pain is very different to everyone else’s, so your treatment plan will be uniquely tailored to suit your individual condition.
Your neck pain with arm pain will probably come back unless the cause of the problem is addressed. Once we identify the cause, we correct it using treatment and rehab. At Pro Performance you will be given easy to follow exercises that will prevent your neck pain from returning.
Potentially a very painful condition, when one of the bones in your neck (vertebrae) slips forward. This puts pressure on the nerve and joints in the local area causing neck pain and sometimes a pain in the arm. It needs a very specific exercise regime to stabilise the joints and free you of neck pain.
Mild to severe neck pain often with associated pain down the arm into the hand. The arm symptoms may also include pins and needles, numbness or weak muscles.
There are multiple types of cervical spondylolisthesis, so naturally there are multiple causes too. Some people have a small piece of bone missing from birth, others can fracture the bone whilst playing sport or during activity, whilst others suffer from gradual wear and tear of the joint over time. We will diagnose which type you have and guide you through the best treatment for your condition.
This type of neck pain can be provisionally diagnosed following a full case history, a physical and functional examination. It can be confirmed using X-ray images of the neck.
This type of neck pain and sciatica requires very specific exercises and management.
1. We relax your painful muscles using massage, acupuncture and gentle stretching techniques.
2. We mobilise the joints very gently to reduce stiffness.
3. We stabilise the painful joints using tailored neck exercises.
4. We also address the other factors contributing to your neck pain, including poor posture, incorrect workstation setup, faulty training techniques, dysfunctioning foot biomechanics etc.
Please note, your neck pain is very different to everybody else’s, so your treatment plan will be tailored to your individual condition.
Cervical Spondylolisthesis can get worse over time if left untreated. Our tailored rehab program is essential to prevent a relapse. We also correct other contributing factors to your neck pain, e.g. weight control, dietary advice etc to make sure your neck pain doesn’t come back.