Manual therapy for chronic mechanical neck pain

Does the addition of manual therapy improve outcomes?

Chronic mechanical neck pain (NP) is an increasingly common condition globally, with up to 71% of the population experiencing it at some point in their life. Of this group, 50% will have some chronicity of symptoms.

NP, often referred to as non-specific neck pain - as there is no specific identifiable cause - presents with a range of impairments including: restriction in range of movement, weakness in the deep neck flexors as well as reduced muscle thickness around the neck.

Physiotherapy interventions have shown to be effective at increasing range of movement and reducing pain in NP, although currently the evidence is mixed regarding which specific intervention or combination of interventions provides optimal outcomes for individuals with NP.


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