Farryl Roth | Physiotherapist, Johannesburg

Are You a Pain in The Neck?

Farryl Roth, Physiotherapist, Johannesburg

February 24 2020

There are various mechanisms that could contribute to the development of neck pain. One of the biggest factors is poor posture.

Today’s corporate environment requires employers and employees to sit behind desks, hunched over at their computer for extensively long periods of time. Repeating this every day creates biomechanical imbalances within the body. Once these imbalances occur, they become locked within the fascia, preventing it from returning. Muscles become weak, overused, lengthened or shortened. Manual release is then required to restore normal length-tension relationships, and subsequent strengthening to maintain them.

What Causes Neck Pain?

There are many causes of neck pain. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your neck pain so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the cause.

Commonly we find that neck joints (cervical spine) become stiff or locked much like a rusty hinge. This in turn usually causes protective muscle spasm of some neck and shoulder muscles and weakness of others. The longer this abnormal scenario exists, the harder it is to reverse the habit. Your neck posture alters, which strains adjacent joints and muscles, and the condition cyclically deteriorates. Ultimately you end up with a sore neck. The interesting thing about necks is that one stiff neck joint or one weak or tight muscle can have a dramatic effect if not fixed quickly. We often see patients who have unsuccessfully tried various neck treatment techniques. What we normally find it that it is a combination of the neck joint, muscle stretching, massage, acupuncture, neural tissue, strength exercise and postural techniques that are required to reverse some well established poor habits

The human body is incredibly talented and will adjust itself so that other joints or muscles move further or work harder than they should. While this is usually okay in the short term it’s devastating in the long term for neck pain. Unfortunately, the result is often chronic neck pain, neck stiffness, headaches, wry neck or even tension-type migraine.

What’s The 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.

Normal pillow can’t compromise for your weight variances from your neck to your head. We supply pillow that moulds to the shape of your head and neck giving you a wonderfully supportive sleep experience. Pillows are available in soft, gentle.

Neck Collar

A neck collar is not recommended in most non-traumatic injuries as the collar encourages muscle weakness. However, in severe neck spasm conditions such as wry neck or whiplash, a collar is often useful in the first week to assist with muscle relaxation.

Please ask us for specific advice.Does a Posture Brace Help Neck Pain?

Posture support braces have improved over the years with new designs being very effective in building awareness of what the correct posture actually is. This is great for teenagers, the elderly or those using computers.

Luckily, there is a quick, extremely safe and long-term solution. And it’s waiting for you at Farryl Roth Physiotherapy.

Please consult Farryl Roth for an accurate diagnosis and best treatment for your neck pain.

We hope this has been helpful.


Looking forward to seeing you and to a pain free neck,