Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Strengthen Against Neck Pain

Here's a follow up to our last posting on why women's weaker necks could be a cause of their neck pain. Consider the results in a study in which investigators studied the effects of high and low intensity neck muscle training and their effects on pain.

The females were split into three groups, high intensity isometric exercise, local muscle endurance exercise and a control group.Both the groups that did the exercises had increased neck and muscle strength in the first two months of the study and more remarkably, results were maintained and even further improved in the following 12 month monitoring period. The authors concluded that specific neck muscle training at least twice a week is helpful for chronic neck pain. To maintain the effects, patients should continue to work on their neck strength for up to 12 months.

Here's why you should come to us at Physio Solutions if you have neck pain. Aized, whose area of interest is in neck, back and chronic pain has trained under Gwen Jull, the most famous and published neck pain expert in the world (just google her name and you'll see) and she will definitely be able to help you with your neck pain. Our patients can definitely vouch for her.


Ylinen, JJ et al. (2006). Effects of Neck Muscle Training in Women with Chronic Neck Pain: One-year follow-up study. Journal of Strength and Conditioning. 20(1):6-13

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