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Understanding and Treating Neck Pain: A Guide from our Physiotherapists

Neck pain is a common discomfort that many of us experience at some point in our lives, whether from sitting at a desk for long hours, a sports injury, or even just sleeping in an awkward position. At The Physio Hub in Collingwood, Ontario, we understand how neck pain can affect your daily life, and we’re here to help you recover and get back to doing what you love.

Categories of Neck Pain

Neck pain can be categorized into four main types:

  1. Neck Pain with Mobility Deficits: This is the most common type of neck pain, often caused by lack of movement, overuse of neck muscles, or sudden movements. It is usually a muscle strain or tension, and can also be degenerative changes like arthritis.
  2. Neck Pain with Radiating Symptoms: This occurs when a nerve in the neck is irritated or compressed, leading to pain that may radiate down into the shoulder or arm.
  3. Neck Pain with Movement Coordination Impairments: This is commonly referred to as Whiplash or Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD). Typically caused by sudden acceleration-deceleration forces on the neck, such as during a car accident.
  4. Neck Pain with Headaches: This is usually a lack of range of movement, or muscular related condition that refers pain in to the head, these can be called cervicogenic headaches.

Identifying the specific type of neck pain is crucial for developing an effective treatment plan.

How Physiotherapy Helps Neck Pain

Physiotherapy is highly effective in treating neck pain because it addresses the underlying causes and helps restore function through:

  • Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques to mobilize stiff joints and soft tissues, reducing pain and improving mobility.
  • Exercise Prescription: Tailored exercises to strengthen neck muscles, improve posture, and enhance flexibility.
  • Education: Learning how to change posture and alter ergonomics, as well as strategies to prevent future neck pain episodes.

At The Physio Hub, our personalized approach means you receive 1-on-1 attention and a treatment plan specifically designed to meet your needs and goals.

Best Ways to Treat Neck Pain

The best way to treat neck pain often involves a combination of therapies:

  1. Active Rehabilitation: Engaging in specific exercises and stretches prescribed by your physiotherapist to strengthen muscles and improve range of motion.
  2. Postural Changes: Learning how to move into different posture and ergonomic principles to reduce strain on the neck during daily activities. Notice we do not say ‘Correct posture’ because this doesn’t exist. We want you to move in lots of different ways everyday!
  3. Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques to alleviate pain and improve joint mobility.

Causes of Neck Pain

Neck pain can stem from various factors, including:

  • Static Posture: Sitting hunched over a desk or slouching while standing.
  • Muscle Strain: Overuse of neck muscles, often from activities like staring at a screen for prolonged periods.
  • Injury: Such as from sports, accidents, or sudden movements.
  • Degenerative Conditions: Such as osteoarthritis or herniated discs.

Understanding the cause helps us develop a targeted treatment plan to address your specific needs.


At The Physio Hub in Collingwood, Ontario, we’re dedicated to helping you overcome neck pain and achieve optimal health and mobility. Whether you’re an athlete striving to return to peak performance or someone looking to improve your day-to-day comfort, our team of skilled physiotherapists is here to support you every step of the way.

If you’re experiencing neck pain or discomfort, don’t hesitate to reach out. Together, we can get you back to living life to the fullest.

Contact The Physio Hub today to schedule your personalized consultation and take the first step toward a pain-free neck.