Physiotherapy For Neck Pain

Whether it is neck pain arising from poor posture, wear and tear, a whiplash or posture related pain, physiotherapy treatment can help.

Treatment starts with an initial consultation and assessment of your problem. From there, we can recommend appropriate physiotherapy treatment to reduce the neck pain and restore normal neck movements.

We can usually offer an appointment within 24 working hours.

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Call Gatley on 0161 491 1999 or the Heatons on 0161 432 3232

Our Experienced Physiotherapists Regulary Treat Patients with Neck Pain at our Clinics in Gatley, Cheadle, Heaton Moor, Stockport and Didsbury

Neck pain can be debilitating, causing pain, restricted movement of the neck and associated problems such as headaches or referral of pain or tingling into the arm.

However, you don’t have to suffer with neck pain indefinitely. Our physiotherapists are experienced in diagnosing, assessing and treating all areas of the spine, especially the neck including identifying the underlying cause of your condition.

Whether it’s neck pain due to a whiplash injury, age related changes, a sedentary lifestyle or excessive use of a computer screen, by diagnosing your problem we can make sure you get the right treatment to reduce your symptoms and get you back to normal activities as soon as possible.

Neck Pain Diagnosis

During your first session with a physiotherapist, following a detailed assessment,  we will identify the exact location of your neck pain and identify the underlying factors that may have contributed to it.

The aim of our initial assessment is to establish a precise diagnosis so you know what is wrong with your body and what we can do to help you. 

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What are the common causes of neck pain?


Neck pain can be caused by an injury like a whiplash but in most cases, it develops over time due to modern sedentary lifestyles.


Because we spend more time looking at screens – computers at work, televisions at home, mobile phones and tablets on the move – we don’t tend to move our necks as much as we should.

Disc problems

A disc bulge/prolapse in the neck can cause pain which can also cause a ‘trapped nerve’ which could result in neck pain with arm symptoms such as tingling or weakness in the arm.

Cervical Spondylosis 

This is the term used to describe greater than normal age-related degenerative changes of the bones and soft tissues of the spine.  

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How do I know if my neck pain is bad enough to need treatment?

If you notice neck stiffness, soreness, sharp pains or other discomfort in your neck, it’s always worth having it checked by a Physiotherapist.

If you have lived with neck pain for some time and are able to self-manage it, but develop headaches, symptoms into the arm or pain going further down the spine, a physiotherapy consultation would be beneficial.

Early intervention usually means less treatment is needed to restore the full range of motion and eliminate the pain and discomfort.

You should especially consider treatment for neck pain if you are at high risk due to your lifestyle, for example if you work long hours in front of a screen or looking at a smartphone or tablet.

What will happen if I don’t get it treated?

Neck pain left untreated can create even more problems. If you are not moving your neck properly, then your body will compensate by moving another section of the spine, potentially putting strain on that area which will eventually cause pain in that area.

Importantly, the longer you wait for treatment, it can become more difficult to restore full pain free movement of your neck. Therefore, seek physiotherapy treatment as soon as possible.

How long do physiotherapy treatment sessions take?

Treatment sessions are for 30 minutes. Sessions will include ‘hands on’ treatment in the form of soft tissue massage and joint mobilisations Your physiotherapist may discuss your posture and give you strategies to use to reduce your pain, for example, when sitting at your desk at work. Exercises will also be given to help you manage the symptoms and to prevent them returning in the future.

The number of treatment sessions required will depend on how quickly your neck pain responds to the treatment. The average number treatments for neck pain is 4-6 sessions,

As it’s important to fully rehabilitate your problem, we will track your progress carefully. It is essential to restore the neck’s natural range of motion if possible and to give you exercises to improve the strength of the muscles to help prevent further problems in the future.

What are the most common neck injuries?

Common neck problems arise from many causes including:


Usually caused by a car crash or other vehicle collision, or a fall, whiplash is one of the most widely known causes of neck injury, although it is not actually as common as people think.

Disc prolapses

Disc prolapses, otherwise known as slipped discs and bulging discs, can be a significant cause of neck problems. Following a detailed assessment, from the signs and symptoms you present with, your physiotherapist will be able to diagnose you condition and treat your neck appropriately. .


Cervical spondylosis relates to age related changes in the neck. It can include changes in the discs (reduction in height), and the joints (known as the facet joints). Your treatment will depend on the findings of the assessment.

Text Neck

The modern syndrome known as Text Neck occurs due to extended period of holding the head forwards and angled down, the position usually adopted when using a smartphone or tablet.

Wry Neck

Wry neck is a sudden onset of pain in the neck, often for an unknown reason. This can occur at any time but is often when you wake up and can be due to poor posture or awkward movements during your sleep.

How is neck pain usually treated by a physiotherapist?

There are several ways to treat neck pain using physiotherapy. Your physiotherapist may combine these techniques together for the best outcome.

Some examples include:

Soft tissue massage

  • Joint mobilisations
  • Posture correction
  • Acupuncture
  • Stability exercises
  • Mobility exercises
  • Advice to avoid aggravating positions
  • Kinesiology taping

Treatments are often combined with lifestyle changes, such as postural advice and home exercises including muscle stretches and encouraging regular movements that can help to loosen the stiffened joints, for continuing improvement over neck pain

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How will I know if I need an X-Ray or an MRI scan?

An X-Ray or MRI scan is not often required prior to the onset of treatment. If your physiotherapists feels that your symptoms warrant further investigations, the reasons will be discussed with you. The physiotherapist will contact your General Practitioner to discuss this.

Will surgery to help my neck injury be likely?

Invasive surgery is usually not needed for neck pain Only a very small percentage of people suffering with neck problems require any invasive procedures, such as joint injections or surgery. Your physiotherapist will conduct a detailed assessment which, if necessary, will include special tests for the spinal nerves. Your physiotherapist will discuss the assessment findings with you and if there are any concerns, can communicate with your GP to advise the best course of action. This may include referral to a Consultant to decide the best management of your condition. Throughout this time your physiotherapist will explain each step and ensure you fully understand why a referral is necessary.

In the majority of cases physiotherapy treatment is the best way to reduce your symptoms. physiotherapy treatment will include a combination of soft tissue massage, joint mobilisations, postural advice and lifestyle alterations. This will ensure your neck pain and stiffness will improve, strategies and exercises will be discussed to prevent further problems in the future. which can make sure your pain or stiffness doesn’t worsen and reduce soreness and muscle/joint pain.

Is there anything I can do at home to help reduce neck pain?

Most neck pain is caused by lifestyle choices, such as poor posture when using a computer or smart phone.. Adopting a healthier, more mobile lifestyle in the first instance can help to prevent the progression of neck pain and stiffness.

At work, ask your employer to provide a work station assessment, giving you the tools you need for better posture – platforms to elevate your monitor screen and adjustable office chairs, for example.

At home, try to avoid spending hours watching a screen without getting up, moving around and looking at things that are not directly in front of you at eye level.

Your physiotherapist can advise on more options to reduce neck pain at home, including exercises and stretches that can support your rehabilitation and improve comfort over time.

Get in touch

Please don’t suffer in pain or discomfort. If you have neck pain that is noticeable or you feel like your lifestyle may be leading to stiff muscles in your neck, consult us and together we can free up those locked joints, rehabilitate tired muscles and give you back control of your body.

How To Make an Appointment

We are usually able to offer an appointment time within 24 working hours of your call. 

Please either call the clinic or leave your details in the online enquiry form and we’ll call you back to confirm the arrangements.

Gatley: 0161 491 1999
Heaton Moor: 0161 432 3232

Why Choose Gatley & Heatons Physio?

We provide expert physiotherapy treatments from our clinics in Heaton Moor, Gatley and Didsbury and we regularly help patients from across Stockport and Manchester reduce their pain and return to normal activities.

We frequently work with clients in Cheadle, Bramhall, Poynton, Wilmslow, Northenden, Altrincham, Sale, West Didsbury, Withington, Burnage, Heaton Moor, Heaton Chapel, Heaton Norris, Heaton Mersey and Reddish, and we are regularly able to provide home visits for those who are not able to attend one of our clinics.

We have been established in these areas for many years and have a fantastic relationship with most of the Doctors in these areas. If needed, we will liaise with your Doctor about your condition, for example if medication is needed or a referral to another speciality.

We have an excellent reputation of providing high standards of clinical physiotherapy and a professional service through a trusted, personal and friendly approach.

We offer flexible appointment times to all patients including extended working hours and home visits.

Professional and caring treatment received with sound follow up advice. Would recommend to others without hesitation!

Juan Pardo