Osteopathy and chronic neck pain



Neck pain is a common condition, and up to 54% of people will suffer from this at some point in their lives. Almost half will still have symptoms during the first five years after the first episode of pain. Many factors can contribute to mechanical neck pain, such as mechanical and biological influences (gender, history of trauma and musculoskeletal disease, and other factors related to psychosocial characteristics (physical activity, beliefs, expectations and job satisfaction).


Previous clinical trials have shown that osteopathic manipulative treatment is effective in the treatment of pain and function. A recent trial looked to observe the effectiveness of osteopathic manipulative treatment, combined with stretching and strengthening exercises, for the those suffering with non-specific chronic neck pain.


Results showed that combining osteopathic manipulative treatment with exercise is better than exercise alone for pain, disability and rotational mobility of the neck. If you are unsure as to whether osteopathy could help you, then speak to your friendly, local Osteopath, we are always glad to help.


Groisman, S. et al. (2020). Osteopathic manipulative treatment combined with exercise improves pain and disability in individuals with non-specific chronic neck pain: A pragmatic randomised controlled trial. 24(2): 189-195.