How we treat neck pain:
Neck pain usually settles quickly through a variety of physiotherapy techniques with significant improvements expected after just one session. Treatment will be focused around reducing spasm and increasing vertebral movement. This is effective for acute and chronic neck pain and will also reduce any burning sensation or tension headaches that may be present. Physiotherapy will also help the shoulder if this is effected by the muscle spasm.
At Z10 Physiotherapy, we use a combination of innovative treatment techniques learnt from world class international physiotherapists. Treatment will include:
- Vertebral mobilisations to decrease pain and inflammation around the painful area and to release muscle spasm
- Soft tissue massage to ease the muscle spasm and increase blood flow
- Dry Needling to reduce muscle spasm
- Ultrasound to decrease inflammation around the affected vertebrae and reduce pain
- Strapping/kinesiology tape to protect and support the area during the acute phase of neck pain.
- Pilates exercises to strengthen the weakened postural muscles
- Stretches to improve flexibility and mobility of the neck
- Ergonomic education to prevent recurrence
What Causes Neck Pain?
Neck pain or a stiff neck can happen suddenly or come on gradually over a period of time. Frequently people can wake with severe neck pain after lying awkwardly during the night. It usually manifests slowly and is common in people with frequent prolonged forward head postures such as people who spend a lot of time on computers. This posture puts an abnormal stress on the vertebrae and they can eventually become locked similar to a rusty hinge. This usually causes protective muscle spasm in the neck and shoulder and sometimes weakness in one or both of the arms. It can present as sharp neck pain, dull muscular aches, headaches, stiffness or a general sore neck.
Other common causes of neck pain are a bulging disc in the neck, a neck spasm from over straining the neck, whiplash can cause shoulder and neck pain or scoliosis can contribute to a neck strain. All of these conditions can be treated but may take a little longer to fully ease the neck pain.
Patients often try various treatment techniques such as massage or chiropractic techniques but the pain can still persist. This is because it usually takes a combination of multiple physiotherapy techniques to permanently get rid of a sore neck. Most people notice improvements in neck pain symptoms after just one session with Z10 Physiotherapy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Each session is €70. Students and Medical Card holders cost €60.
Each appointment usually lasts 30mins.
No. You can make an appointment without a referral from your GP. If on assessment we deem your condition requires GP input we will refer you on.
Yes, we accept all major cards.
We are recognized by all the major insurance companies and you do not need a referral letter from your provider. The amount that can be claimed varies depending on your plan. Treatment costs are also tax deductible via a Med-1 form.
So for example, if you spend €60.00 on physiotherapy and you receive €40 from your health insurance company, then the remainder €20 is subject to tax relief. If you’re in the 42% bracket you can receive a further €8.40 in tax relief.
We would advise to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. We usually need to inspect the affected area so please wear clothing that allows for this. If your leg is the the injured area then it’s a good idea to wear shorts.
The treatment for each individual varies. However, following your first appointment we will discuss the anticipated number of treatments. You will be reassessed on each visit. On average, most patients usually require 2-3 treatments.
This varies between people. Some people do experience some short term discomfort which quickly subsides. This is taken into account during your treatment.
Yes, there is plenty of on-street parking available on Bath Avenue, or around the corner on South Lotts Road. For driving directions and information on other transport options you can call us and we will provide you with instructions.