Neck pain is very much on the rise.
Many people nowadays move less. We sit for long periods in front of our laptops, computers and hold mobile phones at awkward angles. During covid many people struggled with sciatica and neck pain because of sitting in bad positions to work. Although generally I feel this is improving there is still a long way to go with many people still working mainly at home.
The Chelsea and Westminster NHS state "that two out of three of us will have neck pain at some time in our life". In most cases it is not due to a serious disease or structural problem and often the exact cause of the pain is not clear.
The most common cause of neck pain is a muscle strain. This is when a muscle is stretched too far and tears. Neck muscle strain is typically caused by poor posture or support, and sleeping with the neck in awkward positions.
Research conducted over a 12 week period of having Bowen Therapy showed that it is a favourable option on reducing myofascial neck pain and overall enhancing your physical and mental health. The research is available here.
I find it invaluable to chat to people about their general movements. Finding out how they sit, what they do for a living and how they sleep. This all impacts on not only neck pain but general overall well-being. Often with Bowen therapy and a few lifestyle changes neck pain disappears.