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How to ease daily, annoying neck and shoulder pain naturally, before it gets any worse…

 

When it comes to living with neck and shoulder pain, everyone we see wants to know the answers to the questions:

Why is this happening to me?

or

Why am I still getting this neck and shoulder pain, even after putting up with it for 6 months (sometimes more)?

The truth is most people think their neck and shoulder pain will go away on it’s own. Unfortunately, it’s never quite as simple as that. 6 months down the line the pain is still there, and you’re hoping, even this far in, that one day the pain will just ‘ease’ and you’ll be able to get back to things like normal.  

 

Does this sound like you?

Another scenario we see all the time in our clinic in Crawley is when people go to see their GP, they are told to ‘rest’ and take ibuprofen/paracetamol, and to ‘come back if it doesn’t improve’.

To no surprise, the pain remains 6 weeks later and you return to see the GP, who then gives you more painkillers and advises the same. After which you feel frustrated and yet again let down by the medical profession and this explains why so many people aged over 50 suffer from chronic neck/shoulder pain.  

 

Has this happened to you?

Maybe you are confused because you’ve been told different things by different people. Maybe you think you have a neck problem but it’s actually your shoulder where the problem is?

Or, it could be vice versa. It’s a very confusing part of the body to work out where the problem is, and this often leads people to procrastinate and put off making a decision about what to do to help fix their neck and shoulder pain. Worse, many people just end just accepting it as ‘part of life’, as if it’s normal, as if it “has” to be that way.

Is that how you feel sometimes, too?  

 

If you are currently living with neck or shoulder pain, here are 7 reasons why it may lasting longer than it should:

  1. You thought it would go away on it’s own, but it didn’t
  2. Your GP told you to ‘rest and take painkillers’, which helped initially but as soon as the painkillers wore off the pain returned
  3. A family member, or friend told you everyone gets neck and shoulder pain and it’s normal to get pain as you get older
  4. Your received treatment of some kind in the past, even physio, but nothing they did seemed to work
  5. You tried using heat pads or a TENS machine, but it never provides long term relief
  6. You tried to rest because you thought being active could have been making it worse, but in fact resting didn’t help at all
  7. You got a few massages hoping it would ease the pain, and although it felt a little better immediately after, it did nothing to solve the underlying issue

If any of these apply to you, we invite you to book a call to talk to one of our physiotherapists at Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic.

In many ways it’s a good thing if any of the above applies to you because now we know what doesn’t work, we can start focusing on what does.

Click the link below to book a free phone consultation a member of the physio team. We will ask further questions to find out what exactly is going on with your neck and shoulder, and there is absolutely no obligation to book an appointment with us after the call is finished. Our goal is first and foremost to help you decide what options are best for you.  

 

“What can I do right now to help ease my neck and shoulder pain quickly?”

Here are four things we would suggest:

  1. Firstly, and most importantly, you need to make a decision about getting help. There is nothing more important than health, and if you want to keep mobile and active in the years to come you need to decide now to do something, so things do not get worse in the future.
  2. Next, you need to do the right exercises. The internet is full of advice of what to do for neck and shoulder pain. But no one has the exact same neck/shoulder as yours. And as such, you need to know which exercise will work for you, and which ones won’t. The only way to know which exercises to do is to complete an assessment from a specialist physiotherapist.
  3. Avoid sitting and long periods of rest. Sitting for prolonged periods and inactivity causes muscles to get weak, stiff and tight, often causing pain to increase and risk of injury to also increase. Keep a safe, light amount of movement going throughout the day, to keep your joints and muscles active and healthy.
  4. Get real, ‘hands-on’ physiotherapy in Crawley. Exercises often aren’t enough. Where muscles have become stiff and tight, hands on manual therapy helps loosen out the neck and shoulders, allowing it to move easier, so you can stand, walk and do daily activity such as stairs with much more ease and comfort.

If you would like to know how the physiotherapists at Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic can help you eliminate your neck/shoulder pain, we invite you to apply for an entirely free, 30- minute, no obligation appointment to assess what’s going on with your neck and shoulder, and what options would be best for you going forward:

Note: This Free Taster Session is for people who are unsure about if physiotherapy can help for their neck/shoulder pain. If that sounds like you then please book in for your free 30-minute consultation so we can discuss what we think may help you best going forward, there is absolutely no financial commitment on your part for this appointment.  So the next questions is:  

 

How can choosing to see a physiotherapist at Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic help you get rid of your neck and shoulder pain – in the next few days?

Here are just a few of the things the physio team can do for you:

  • We can quickly reduce the pain and stiffness you feel, often within first first couple of sessions
  • We can find out what’s actually going on with your neck and shoulder, and why you’re getting the pain, often within 20 minutes
  • We can help you finally get some good sleep, and get rid of that night time pain that ‘sucks’ the energy out of you
  • We can provide you with the correct exercises that help resolve the underlying issue causing your neck/shoulder pain 
  • We can get you off those painkillers that you know are not safe for your long-term health
  • We can help you avoid dangerous spinal surgery and injections that may not even help with your pain
  • We can help you get back to enjoying quality time with your friends and family that your neck and shoulder pain has stole from you
  • We can help you sit comfortably and walk for longer without that annoying pain and stiffness that won’t seem to go away

Essentially, we can help you get back to a normal, active and enjoyable life. If you want to know about costs, and what availability we have this week, then simply click the button below and fill out the short form:

 

Hear from happy clients of Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic

 

Kulraj is a very friendly and welcoming professional. I’ll admit, I didn’t have high hopes due to previous physio not helping a spinal issue I had but he did absolute wonders for my neck. In just five sessions, I no longer wake in the night and have much more movement without pulling or pain. I would 100% recommend…

Charlotte Jamnadass 

 

Fatima Bello
Fatima Bello
1708982163
Kulraj helped me through a pain on my shoulder/neck/bicep after a car collision. He was very professional, kind and accommodating to my busy work schedule. After 8 sessions (8 weeks), I can now use my arm to its full availability thanks to him. Definitely recommend! 👏🏽
Brogan McFarlane
Brogan McFarlane
1708199638
Had a bad back and after a deep tissue massage the issue was resolved and the pain was gone!
Karen Young
Karen Young
1707587798
Short notice booking following chronic back.pain and immobility, got me in short notice, fantastic professional service and after care. Can't recommend enough.Stuart Young
Shiva Reddy
Shiva Reddy
1707587583
P Flynn
P Flynn
1706874691
Went to see Kulraj due to knee pain following torn ligaments. Excersises were very effective an dthe pain cleared quickly. Kulraj was very proffesional and explained what he was doing and why - would not hesitate to go back for other issues. Thank you Kulraj
Joe Carey
Joe Carey
1706873843
I came to Kulraj with an injury that needed sorting. Not only did he fix that, but also identified some underlying issues with my posture and fixed those too!Had me back playing sport quicker than originally thought. Couldn’t recommend him highly enough.
Marcus Chilcott
Marcus Chilcott
1705086998
Nice location, great guy! Really helped me with getting me back in action!
Jocelyn Dore
Jocelyn Dore
1703849199
I have been visiting Kulraj for knee and hip pain, these have improved considerably both with hands on treatment and with exercises. I would definitely recommend this knowledgeable and friendly physiotherapist.
Jane Gosden
Jane Gosden
1703786093
I was referred after an accident at work & was seen by Kulraj. Three sessions sorted out my neck pain. I couldn't believe how much better I felt in a short space of time. Would highly recommend the services of Crawley Physiotherapy!
Wesley Hayes
Wesley Hayes
1703246881
I saw Kulraj for knee and hamstring pain from an injury and he helped me to quickly recover. He is very knowledgeable and friendly. I would recommend highly!
clive skinner
clive skinner
1703178553
Went for help with a shoulder problem, was in tremendous pain and could hardly move my arm to the side at all.With a friendly & professional assessment, was given stretching exercises and massage and was quickly pain free again 👍
Colin Huckle
Colin Huckle
1702406184
Great service from initial consultation and then treatment for a sports injury would highly recommend
Alfie Brown
Alfie Brown
1702327082
Great care and attention to detail, not just with the local problem but other areas that needed correction and improvement. Very flexible and fast communication. Highly recommend and will definitely use again 👍
Chelsea-United
Chelsea-United
1701971161
I had pain on my back-shoulder. One of my colleague recommended him.He is a fantastic physiotherapist. Knowledgeable and talented. He caters to one's specific needs and explains in detail some of the possible causes for the issues. Teaches exercises that need to be done at home. I now feel that I am able to manage my issues with confidence.
Judith Cain
Judith Cain
1701791676
My elderly mother received treatment for prolonged lower back and leg pain. Two months of agony relieved after just one session, this far exceeded our expectations. I really like Kulraj, he is very social and personable but also professional. I would recommend him at any time!
Yogi Patel
Yogi Patel
1699897670
Started my Therapy due to a car accident which I suffered whip-lash would highly recommend for all your physio needs.
Emma Boakes
Emma Boakes
1699013874
I visited Kulraj after being involved in a car accident. He is very knowledgeable and has helped me with my back and hip.
Jackie Picton
Jackie Picton
1698335267
I visited Kulraj regarding a problem with my knee. Kulraj is very knowledgeable and compassionate. He is extremely good at listening and also at understanding the problem. He gave me a good set of exercises to do at the end of each session which, together with the hands on treatment, have helped considerably. I would not hesitate to recommend him.
Clare Grant
Clare Grant
1698149442
Friendly, professional service.Following a RTA Kulraj really helped with my neck and back pain. After a few sessions I could really feel the difference and the terrible headaches I was suffering as a result really improved.Together with treatment in clinic and exercises to follow at home I saw a huge improvement.Would highly recommend.
jason watts
jason watts
1696962002
Excellent advice and treatment, highly recommended. Kulraj was very flexible with appointments and resolved my issue within three weeks.
peter king
peter king
1695647236
I visited Kulraj at Crawley Osteopath after my son who also attends there suggested he might be able to help with my back pain. After a free consultation to understand what I had done Kulraj was able to get me up & running again after only a couple of treatments. I find Kulraj’s approach is very professional and he makes you feel very relaxed. The method of treatment he gave me was different from other osteopaths I have been to. The set of exercises he gave me helped me feel much better in only a short time. I have no hesitation in recommending Kulraj.
Chloe Adamou
Chloe Adamou
1694709659
Kulraj has been brilliant with my wrist injury. Very knowledgable and passionate about his work.
Shaz Cannonz
Shaz Cannonz
1694682752
Was looking for a local physio to deal with knee issues and pain. Kulraj was incredibly thorough in his assessment. His approach was a little different to other physios I’ve worked with but I feel like his method was far more effective and got me back to better movement & pain free much faster. He’s also been addressing my hip/knee alignment issues which has had flow on benefits for my back and hips. On top of that really lovely to work with. Highly recommended.
Ed Stimpson
Ed Stimpson
1692733170
Very pleased with the treatment I receive from Crawley Physiotherapy Clinic. Kulraj is very knowledgeable and has provided me with an effective rehab plan.
Kim Dean
Kim Dean
1691265053
Kulraj was very helpful, kind and knowledgeable when I tore my calf muscle and followed up by sending me some exercises to help in the future, thank you
Mike Kerezins
Mike Kerezins
1691061239
Was a bit sceptical of trying physiotherapy, however, after the spasm in my trapezius that I’ve managed to do at the gym, I started to look for one. I was recommended to visit Kulraj. After only 2 sessions the issue is almost gone (possibly would be gone gone if I would be more consistent with the suggested exercises)Very friendly, and straight to the point. I sure know where to call next time if I happen to have an issue. Thanks!
Robert McIntosh
Robert McIntosh
1678274090
Tavistock is a excellent place for physiotherapy, kulraj sorted my many different football injurys, would definitely recommend.
Lewis best
Lewis best
1677893839
I had an ongoing gym related back injury, Kulraj had it rehabbed in under 3 weeks. Excellent service.
Adrienne Kettlewell
Adrienne Kettlewell
1675960379
Highly recommend. Kulraj is very knowledgeable, professional and compassionate. He took his time understanding and listening to my issues. I have been suffering long term with lower back issues, not being able to exercise, sit or even lie down comfortably and within x3 sessions he managed to eliminate the pain I was suffering. He also showed me different ways to stretch my back which are now a part of my daily routine. Everything was explained in detail. Lovely, clean working environment.
Doug Bown
Doug Bown
1675702108
Great physio getting my hamstring sorted out, and very helpful with any questions i have asked about other injuries iv experienced to
Steven Critchley
Steven Critchley
1675434894
Highly recommend... he has helped me with my hamstring and joints... easy to talk and felt really comfortable and knows exactly what he is talking about ...can't praise him enough
Simon Button
Simon Button
1673466793
I visited the Tavistock Clinic after an issue with my shoulder.Kulraj was excellent, he spent time discussing the problem and after only two sessions completely sorted out the issue.I have since been back to see Kulraj, who has helped me greatly with advice & further physio, aimed at preventing any issues returning.With his expertise & professionalism I couldn’t recommend him highly enough.
Oliver Goldfinch
Oliver Goldfinch
1670909965
Very happy I came here as Kulraj has been excellent throughout my recovery after a serious fracture. Definitely recommend.
lynne trussell
lynne trussell
1667772732
Having had tennis elbow for several weeks I went to Tavistock Clinic and even after one treatment I started to get better. Would thoroughly recommend.
Jim Norman
Jim Norman
1667487771
Went to see Kulraj with bad back. Very professionally resolved problem. Would thoroughly recommend.
catalin simion
catalin simion
1666341039
I have been experiencing very bad knee pain and after I went for a few sessions of physio I felt a huge improvment. Kulraj he is a truly proffesional and a very welcoming person.I would strongly recommend Tavistock Clinic.
Kai Everington
Kai Everington
1666216600
Couldn’t have asked for a better physio experience. I went in with a knee injury, and Kulraj listened and put me at ease at once. Since then, the sessions and home exercises have returned me to fitness really quickly. Perfect.
Warren King
Warren King
1662894430
After having an ongoing shoulder issue which I had for over a year, I decided to visit the Tavistock Clinic due to the very good reviews.I was not disappointed. Kulraj was quick to root cause my problem, with physio at the clinic and at home exercises; I was back being 100% in a short space of time.The treatment I received was excellent, Kulraj is very professional, friendly and by far the best physiotherapist I've seen. I wouldn't hesitate going back if needed.
Rianna Davies
Rianna Davies
1662409375
I went to the Tavistock Clinic after having upper back and neck pain. Kulraj was really helpful and gave me exercises to compete at home as well as hands on treatment. This has really helped ease the pain and is a massive improvement since I first came to the clinic. Kulraj is really friendly and I would recommend him to anyone considering physio.
Robin Moss
Robin Moss
1660930083
I had an excellent experience st the Tavistock Clinic, I enquired online and recieved an immediate response and an invite to a free diagnostic session. A program of physio and home exercises was prescribed which really helped with the pain from a sports injury. Kulraj was very friendly and helpful throughout and I will definitely be going back if anything else happens (hopefully not though)
Matt Larkins
Matt Larkins
1660927074
I have been visiting the Tavistock clinic now for several months following pain in my upper back and neck. Kulraj has been excellent from the start. The initial consultation was detailed and reassuring and Kulraj took time to explain a course of treatment and follow up exercises to help me. Following regular deep tissue massage sessions with Kulraj the pain in my back and neck has been resolved and my neck mobility has improved massively! Excellent work thank you!
Ash Moush
Ash Moush
1660885807
It was my first time going to a physio. I had awful back pains for so long(years) and after just 2 sessions I felt amazing. I continued a few more sessions - once every 2 weeks & I can confirm I hardly have any pain in my back anymore. Would recommend this place to everyone for sure! 10/10
Philip Kelly
Philip Kelly
1660834508
Kulraj was excellent. Released my knees and I'm no longer in pain having had pain for over a year - still currently waiting for the NHS to book me in. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Lucy Hobson
Lucy Hobson
1659957557
Highly recommend Kuleaj, he really ensures that your health plan is tailored best to your personal recovery.He also communicates with you throughout your sessions, on where you are, how your feeling and what you need to do moving forward.It also helps that you are able to have a conversation with him throughout your 30mins, makes the time pass by quickly!If your considering on going to Tavistock clinic for your treatment, I personally would recommend it to anyone!
Matt H
Matt H
1659049989
Robert Legg
Robert Legg
1658164610
Having had issues with my knee from years of abuse playing cricket and ignoring the problem, I finally decided to do something about it. After 5 sessions with Kulraj my knee if almost back to where it was before the problems came about. Cannot recommend him enough.
Safwat Chowdhury
Safwat Chowdhury
1657567967
Having had back issues for the last 10 years, I’ve been to several physios, osteopaths and chiropractors. I can honestly say the experience I’ve had with Kulraj has been second to none. He is an expert of his craft and worked wonders within 2 sessions, fixing an issue that had been bothering me for weeks. I would not hesitate in recommending him and he will certainly have my custom for life
Sam Camden
Sam Camden
1656356223
I booked an appointment with the Tavistock Clinic as I was experiencing persistent knee pain whilst cycling in preparation for an endurance event. Looking at my own physiology, Kulraj diagnosed the likely cause of my pain, and put forward a plan of action involving a combination of sports massage and home exercises. Over the course of several weeks, the pain reduced to the extent where I am now able to cycle 100+ km with only very minor (and continuing to decrease) discomfort. Kulraj is also a very personable bloke and it was always a pleasure to see him! Would recommend.
Brajesh Chandra
Brajesh Chandra
1655144854
Kulraj has really helped treat some of my muscel problems, many times in the past weeks and months. Highly recommended.
Jeff Casey
Jeff Casey
1654844856
I can't rate this guy high enough, absolutely brilliant, thanks kwal for fixing my shoulder, I was in agony when I first went there and he eased my pain very quickly and now after a few sessions my shoulder is feeling great 👍
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