Deep Neck Stabilisation Exercises

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Article by John Miller

Your Important Neck Muscles

Researchers have discovered that just like on the lower spine, your neck has deep stability muscles that control and stabilise the individual neck joints.

Pain and injury is known to cause weakness of these muscles, which cauese the neck joints to slip and slide out of their normal pain-free joint positions and results in pain or neck joints that easily click and clunk. Instability in this area is also a contributer to headaches.

Your physiotherapist is a skilled practitioner who can assess the holding capacity of these deep neck muscles. If there is a deficit, they will prescribe corrective exercises to resolve your stability muscles to normal, which will ease your pain in the short-term and help to prevent repeat bouts in the future.

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Common Neck Pain Causes

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Bulging Disc
  • Cluster Headaches
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Migraine
  • Muscle Strain (Muscle Pain)
  • Neck Arm Pain
  • Neck Headache
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylosis (Spine Arthritis)
  • Tension Headache
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Whiplash
  • Wry Neck
  • Neck Pain Treatments

  • Bed Rest
  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
  • What to do after a Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain?
  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Scapular Stabilisation Exercises
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Ergonomics
  • Glucosamine
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Brace or Support
  • Deep Neck Stabilisation Exercises
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Heat Packs
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Neurodynamics
  • Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation (PIM)
  • Prehabilitation
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
  • Yoga
  • Neck Pain FAQs

  • Common Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques
  • What is Pain?
  • Physiotherapy & Exercise
  • Massage Styles and their Benefits
  • How Does Kinesiology Tape Reduce Swelling?
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  • Are you suffering Migraine? Quick Test
  • Are you suffering Neck Headache? Quick Test
  • Are You Suffering Tension-Type Headaches? - Quick Test
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  • Headache or Migraine... What to do?
  • Heat Packs. Why do they feel so good?
  • Posture Trainer? Check out the BackTone 4000
  • Sports Injury? What to do? When?
  • What are the Common Adolescent Spinal Injuries?
  • What are the Common Massage Therapy Techniques?
  • What are the Early Warning Signs of an Injury?
  • What are the Healthiest Sleeping Postures?
  • What are the Signs of an Unsupportive Pillow?
  • What Can You Do To Help Arthritis?
  • What is a TENS Machine?
  • What is Chronic Pain?
  • What is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?
  • What is Nerve Pain?
  • What is Sports Physiotherapy?
  • What is the Correct Posture Standing?
  • What is the Correct Way to Sit?
  • What to expect when you visit PhysioWorks?
  • What's the Benefit of Stretching Exercises?
  • When Should You Use a Shoulder Posture Brace?
  • Why do your Joints Click?
  • What's the Best Pillow for Neck Pain?

    best pillow for neck pain

    The correct pillow is also vital. If you are waking through the night or in the morning with a stiff or painful neck it may be that it's actually your pillow and not your neck that is the cause.

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