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Where can I get someone to fix my achey neck for good?

By Lilli 29 August 2008 31

I was attending an unnamed chiropractor earlier this year twice weekly – $40/session/5 minute alignment – but have found that since ceasing what I interpreted as quite costly care that my neck pain has gotten much worse. I find I am cracking my neck several times a day in an attempt to ease the stiffness and pain.

Has anyone had experience in Canberra with alternative therapies or massage? I am an office worker and have definitely found that sitting in front of a computer all day has exacerbated the problem however I can’t do much to change these circumstances. At only 21 I am quite concerned that this may develop into a long term issue and would love to get this fixed soon. 

Any suggestions for practitioners or advice are welcome 🙂

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Cian 8:28 am 17 Sep 10

I agree with adamr, Om Shanti College in Griffith is the best I’ve found. Or anyone trained by them.

adamr 8:45 am 28 Nov 08

The best massage clinic I’ve found is at Om Shanti College in Griffith Shops (near Manuka). Professional, therapeutic and cost effective. All of the therapists are excellent. They teach massage there so the standard is extremely high.

Hope this helps, bone crunching has never been a fave of mine.

ant 3:48 pm 01 Sep 08

Good for knees (and ankles and other such bits) is a physio at Kingston called Craig Wisdom. Very sound, very effective.

lisagrace 3:33 pm 01 Sep 08

I can highly recommend Michael or Robyn at ‘Adjust for Health’ (chiro/osteopath) in North Lyneham.

Friendly and professional, they both do a great job and explain to you whats happening and help you work to fixing the problem, not just the pain. Also quite good cost for service.

Granny 2:35 pm 01 Sep 08

A kiss and a bandaid?

Holden Caulfield 2:03 pm 01 Sep 08

Any suggestions for a hurty knee?

Lilli 11:44 am 01 Sep 08

Thanks so much for all your comments and advice. It seems there are several tracks I can pursue to try and get this fixed up. I’m going to speak with my manager today about getting a workstation assessment and concentrate more on my posture and loosening my shoulder/neck muscles. I think that some regular exercise/stretching might help in this case too – I haven’t been doing too much over winter and it’s probably about time to start with the weather getting better by the day 🙂

Sulfura 11:29 am 31 Aug 08

I have had the same problem, recurring throughout my life. I’m 21 also.

I found that acupuncture and massage eased the problem temporarily but it always came back.

I find that after sitting at my desk all day, nervous tension tends to build up in my back and neck muscles and the only way to expel it is to get some decent exercise.

Although, I also discovered that too much caffeine makes it much, much worse so I am off the coffee and onto some stuff called Muscle Eaze which is like a vitamin powder which contains lots of magnesium. You can pick it up from the Health Food store.

It worked very well for me, although I presume, that as with most vitamin supplements it will work on some people, not on others, and just be a placebo on some.

ricketyclik 10:48 am 31 Aug 08

I’m an office worker and have had a similar condition for over 20 years (brought on initially by a rugby accident). I’ve found the best permanent cure is to work on one’s posture. Sitting at a computer one’s head tends to jut forward with the chin out and the back of the neck compressed, making the cartilage cushion between the vertabrae thinner, causing the clamping down on nerves in your spine.

Imagine a thread suspending your body from the top of your head – this is how you need to carry your spine, in a hanging-from-head alignment.

Chin in and down (yes, even though it exacerbates double-chins – it’s worth it), back of head lifted up forming a straight vertical line down to the spine. Also, don’t lean your elbows on arm rests, at the desk or in the car. Don’t lean your forearms/wrists on your desk when typing or most particularly using your mouse. Let your arms hang from your shoulder sockets, allowing the muscles from your neck across the top of your shoulders to remain in a relaxed, elongated position.

So now you ask “If this works, why have you had the problem for over 20 years?”. The answer is when I stop doing the above and fall back into bad postural habits. Good posture needs to be constantly maintained, with a concious checking of how you are sitting, standing, or whatever. It is a lifetime task, but one well worth doing.

Regular exercise within your current fitness/strength/flexibility level assists with posture, as well as so many other things (circulation of blood and lymph improving immunity, moving metabolic byproducts, stimulating the production of important hormones and enzymes, stimulating bowel movement, time to let the mind wander and recharge, etc).

Sands 8:00 pm 30 Aug 08

thanks astrojax – I’m enrolling! I’ve been looking for something like that for ages.

astrojax 4:28 pm 30 Aug 08

ooh, that said, i can also second adrian rumore – he was a boon when i moved to canberra having had a fantastic blind physio in sydney after a couple whiplash injuries as a young’un.

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