Neck Pain2023-04-27T21:58:18+00:00

Neck Pain

A total pain in the neck.

Neck pain is incredibly common but usually doesn’t stem from a serious problem.

Good neck function is essential. It allows us 360 degree vision, helps protect our spinal cord and nerves that transmit messages from our brain to the rest of our body.

Neck pain or stiffness can also be involved in symptoms of headaches, dizziness and nausea. Working from home,  has led to a sharp increase in the number patients attending with neck pain and headaches.

Poor working setup is often involved. We can assess and advise on ways to overcome some of these issues, as well as providing sensible exercises and manual therapy to help treat your symptoms.

When things aren’t working as intended in our necks, there can be significant and often painful consequences.

What type of neck pain do you have?

We see many different types of neck pain in clinic. From whiplash injuries, sustained in road traffic accidents, to postural neck pain caused by sitting still, tapping away on laptop keys for hours! Sometimes pain starts in the neck, but sometimes it can travel down the shoulder blades or down the arm. Some neck pains are accompanied by tingling or numbness down the arm or into the hand. Some of the many different types of issue we see are shown here:


Disc injuries

Discs, or intervertebral discs, act like cushions between the spinal bones called vertebrae. When they are injured or are subject to wear and tear, their function is reduced, which can lead to degeneration and pressure on the bones, nerves, and surrounding soft tissues.



Different types of arthritis can affect the neck. These may include spondyloarthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. These often create degenerative issues and can impact parts such as nerves and discs.


Chronic Neck Pain

Neck pain is generally classed as chronic when it persists or frequently recurs for at least three months. It can result from many conditions and injuries, can range from mild to severe, and can lead to issues such as regular numbness in certain fingers.

Treatments we recommend for neck pain

Your Head2Toe Physio will carry out a thorough assessment, looking at what you can do, what you can’t do and whether there’s anything that should be of greater concern. Most neck pain resolves if dealt with sensibly. A combination of exercise therapy and manual therapy often proves helpful. Combined with a little education on what’s happening and why, things can often improve pretty quickly.

Our frequently asked questions about neck pain?

What causes neck pain?2023-03-25T16:21:09+00:00

Lots of factors can cause or contribute to neck pain. Poor posture, sleeping awkwardly, whiplash, muscle strain, nerve compression, degenerative joint and disc disease, can all be involved.

What are the symptoms of neck pain?2023-03-25T16:24:38+00:00

Neck pain can be aching or sharp, deep or more superficial. Other symptoms which can occur with neck pain,  include stiffness and limited mobility in the neck, as well as headaches, numbness or tingling in the arms or hands, and muscle weakness.

How is neck pain diagnosed?2023-03-25T16:30:05+00:00

Your Head2Toe Physiotherapist will ask you all about your health and neck symptoms. How did it start? what makes it worse or better? Have you had something like this before? There are lots of things, some obvious and some much more subtle, that can help us work out what type of neck issue you have.  We then use a physical examination and any relevant image reports (like MRI, CT and X-Ray) to help confirm our diagnosis.

When should I see a doctor for neck pain?2023-04-21T12:47:36+00:00

If your pain is accompanied by other symptoms such as fever or vomiting, or you experience severe numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms or hands, then it’s a good idea to see a doctor. If after assessing you, we think that urgent referral is needed, or specific further investigations are warranted, we will advise you of this. At Head2Toe Physio we have excellent relationships with local doctors and consultants. We can advise on who the best person to see is and why.

How can neck pain be prevented?2023-04-21T12:48:59+00:00

Preventative measures may include maintaining good posture, avoiding repetitive motions, stretching and exercising regularly, taking frequent breaks during prolonged sitting or computer use, and using proper lifting techniques.

What are the treatment options for neck pain?2023-03-25T16:48:40+00:00

Home treatment options include rest, ice or heat, plus over-the-counter pain relievers. At Head2Toe Physio, dependent on what we find in your assessment, we have a number of different treatment options. These include soft tissue therapy, joint mobilisation and manipulation, exercise therapy and acupuncture.

Having treated tens of thousands of patients over the years, we can say with some confidence that simply having the reassurance of a good diagnosis and prognosis, plus some sensible advice on what to do to help, can do more good than any fancy gadget you see advertised on facebook!

Which clinics do you treat neck pain at?2023-04-27T22:11:23+00:00

You’ll be pleased to hear that you can get your neck pain treated at any of our 3 clinics in Surrey and West Sussex.

Our excellent Head2Toe Physios work at clinics in Dorking, Leatherhead and Crawley.

Get help from Head2Toe Physio

Neck pain, whether it is mild or severe, acute or chronic, can have a major impact on your life. At Head2Toe Physio, our team is committed to helping you find relief and prevent further issues. To find out how we can help you, contact us today!

John Kelting

I have seen a number of physio’s and other medical professionals for sports injuries over many years, and have found Sam to be at the very top in terms of quality. Accurate diagnosis, excellent treatment, and a clear path back to fitness which has enabled me to resume activity quickly without causing any setback in recovery time. Given my positive experience, I have referred my daughter and sister at different times to Sam for different problems, and they have been delighted with how they have been treated. I would strongly recommend him as a leading professional in his field.

John Kelting, Managing Director Barclays Bank

Steve Wells

I have known and worked with Sam Bowden for almost 20 years and I have the utmost respect for his and his colleagues’ knowledge and expertise.

Steve Wells, Director, Epsom Footcare

Jean-Pierre Blazek

When referring my clients, I want to make sure they’re getting the best service possible and with Head2Toe Physio I know they’re in very good hands. I have referred to Sam Bowden and his team in Dorking since 2009 and I find them to be extremely knowledgeable, approachable and professional. They are an extremely valuable resource for me and we work well together in improving clients throughout the rehabilitation phase, helping them to get back to being injury and pain free

Jean-Pierre Blazek, Personal Trainer, Fitness by JP

Sophia Warner

I have been working with Sam and the clinic for a number of years. As a Paralympic athlete with high expectations and lots of complications, it has always been critical that I find someone who is knowledgeable and trustworthy. I introduced Sam to British Athletics who then approved him to work with me in the lead up to 2012. It was great to have such expertise on my doorstep and they were so flexible, always fitting me in when I had an ache or a pain.

Sophia Warner, Commercial Director, UK Athletics and T35 100, 200m Paralympian

Dawn H

I would like everyone to know how amazing Mel’s treatment at Head2Toe Physio has been for me.  I suffer from really bad migraines and doctors were unable to help.  With Mel’s treatment I’ve gone from having them every week, to one in every two months. When I had one before it could last a week, they were unbearable. Hopefully this will get less as time goes on with the exercises and treatments.

Dawn H

Sophie Roberts

I have worked with Head2Toe Physio for many years now and I have been impressed with the excellent clinical skills and professional way they manage my patients

Sophie Roberts, Director The Gaitlab

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