Neck pain is a highly complex and challenging common it affects all of us at some stage in our life, particularly as we grow older and our cervical  muscles are not so strong at a time when we are beginning to develop wear and tear in our vertebra. It is important to realise that 80% of the strength in our neck as explained by Kay Robinson is from your neck muscles.  Neck strengthening exercises are the most effective approach for elite athletes.   However soft tissue approaches are often required as part of the exercise program if the muscles are in spasm then one cannot exercise the muscles appropriately

In this excellent virtual video conference,  courtesy of Kay Robinson  specialist physiotherapist for the sailing and Olympic level Skeleton Athletes .  This is to encourage one to keep moving and find some kind of movement or activity which is suitable for one`s personal state of health

the research from the professional sports athletes and the research which they have been so kind Lee made available to all of us gives us an insight into the fact that the neck muscles provide 80% of the strength and support to our head.

Here is the link to David Pope `s Clinical Edge for this excellent Sports Conference 


Did you know that 80% of the stability of your neck is provided by the strength of your muscles in your neck?


These specialist athletes are exposed to chronic forces, the exhilaration vibrations from Brunt’s having to hold the neck up high through fast speeds travelling downhill over ice as part of their daily strengthening and conditioning program go through specialist neck muscle strengthening exercises


Approaches to neck pain should include strengthening exercises for the neck, there are also trigger points and muscle spasms and aches and pains that need to be settle the knees before you can exercises which are sent out using physitrack




The February 2020 Shockwave Therapy Podcast with James Woledge Osteopath  Shockwave Therapy for Lumbar Spine Pain with Dr Tomas Nedelka


Edinburgh Osteopath Helen How has over twenty-eight years experience of treating patients at the How Osteopathic Clinic (Trinity Edinburgh). Registered Osteopath Helen combines the latest advances in osteopathy with a gentle patient-centred approach to diagnosis and treatment ensuring that osteopathic treatment at the How Clinic is suitable for a wide-range of conditions including; back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee conditions Helen uses Video Clips exercises educational information and outcome which is sent to your computer smartphone or iphone if you wish Treatment at the How Osteopathic Clinic is tailored to the individual and where necessary uses a combination of osteopathic techniques including, Traditional Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Electrotherapy, Vibrotherapy and Sports Remedial Massage. The holistic approach to osteopathy at the How Osteopathic Clinic, in addition to a full one hour treatment sessions, is designed to alleviate symptoms rapidly and can often significantly reduce the number of osteopathic treatments required. One of the few Osteopaths in Edinburgh and in Britain who uses the unique, gentle fleximatic vibrotherapy or shockwave therapy massage equipment combined with traditional osteopathic techniques in order to to find, feel and palpate those hard fibrotic bands of muscles which accumulate over the years of prolonged sitting, Helen has attended conferences held throughout the country; Helen has been using Shockwave Therapy for over 3 years now for Patella Tendons , Achilles Tendons Plantar Fasciitis and Tendon pain Hips, Upper Proximal Hamstring tendinopathy along with rehabilitation loading Contact Helen How, Registered Osteopath, 14 Craighall Gardens, Edinburgh EH6 4RJ To make an appointment contact Helen on 131 551 1044 or Text /Call 07889304762