Physical Therapy to Relieve Neck Pain

Reviewed by Jason M. Highsmith, MD

Your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist to help you relieve your neck pain and restore movement. Whether you have cervical spine surgery or not, physical therapy is key to your healthy recovery.
Physical therapy includes both passive and active treatments. Passive treatments help to relax you and your body. They also prepare your body for therapeutic exercise, which is the active part of physical therapy.

Your physical therapist may give you passive treatments such as:

In the active part of physical therapy, your therapist will teach you various exercises to work on your flexibility, strength, stability, and range of motion (how easily your joints move). Your physical therapy program is individualized, taking into consideration your health and history. Your exercises may not be suitable for another person with neck pain.

If needed, you will learn how to correct your posture and incorporate ergonomic principles into your daily activities.

It's very easy to stick with bad habits that create neck pain. Slouching at the dinner table. Slumping over your desk. Hunching your shoulders forward. Your physical therapist can help you break those bad habits and create healthy new ones. To make sure that you're not re-injuring yourself, your physical therapist may actually analyze your home and work environments, giving you tips on how you can protect yourself from neck pain.

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