The Back and Body Clinic | Specialist Physiotherapy Northampton

Neck pain is common and affects 2/3 of us at some point in our life. In most cases it is not due to serious disease however, the pain can be intense and can limit your range of movement which can be quite disabling. Neck pain often refers to the shoulders, mid back and down the arm (see Trapped Nerve).

Common causes of Neck Pain

Neck Facet Joint Pain

Facet joints are small stabilizing joints located at every spinal level. Click Here to read more

Neck Trapped Nerve

The nerves that supply your arms leave the spinal cord via small holes between the vertebra either side of the spine. Click Here to read more.


Whiplash is an umbrella term that describes injuries related to sudden acceleration and deceleration forces. Click Here to read more.

Neck Wear and Tear / Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis also known as “wear and tear”, is normally seen in the elderly but can develop in people aged even as young as 30. Click Here to read more.

Wry Neck

A wry neck is a common condition characterized by a sudden onset of pain and stiffness in the neck. Click Here to read more.

Neck Muscle Strain

This is when the neck muscle fibers are over stretched, strained or torn. Click Here to read more.


Neck pain can be as a result of trauma, such as whiplash or can developing gradually over time due to: poor sitting posture (driving or at a desk), using computers or driving for long periods, wear and tear (osteoarthritis) or can have no mechanism (some people just wake up one morning with neck pain and stiffness and have no idea what has caused it).

There are lots of different structures in close proximity that are all capable of producing pain, including bones, ligaments, tendons, disks, muscle and nerves. Therefore, it is important to have a clinical diagnosis so that the treatment you receive is appropriate to your condition. See below for the most common causes of neck pain.

At The Back & Body Clinic we understand the impact neck pain can have on your life and so we aim to reduce your pain as quickly as possible. We will use skilled assessment procedures to produce an accurate clinical diagnosis of the underlying cause of your neck pain. We will decided on the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific case. We can use a range of manual therapy techniques including: mobilisation, manipulation, massage, trigger point therapy (releasing of knotted / tight muscles), soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments) myofascial release (connective tissue release), deep tissue massage, acupuncture, stretching and many other techniques.

Importantly we will also give you our expert advice on how to manage the condition and how to get back to your normal activities quickly and safely. We will then educate you on how to change your postural habits that have contributed to the issue, such as better sitting and driving postures. This will give you the knowledge to take control and stop re-occurrence of the injury.