We make a ton of training videos for our staff and other PTs around the world. We share them on our blog from time to time so you can see how effective hands-on physical therapy can be in getting people back to the active lifestyles they want and deserve. Below are two such videos showing examples of some manual therapy neck pain treatment techniques we use to relieve chronic pain.

I was in a traumatic car accident involving an 18-wheeler and had shoulder and neck pain for months. I went to one PT, and while I experienced some relief, I still had spasms and cramping. Carter Physiotherapy’s Manual Therapy really took the tension out of my muscles, and they took the time to explain what they were doing and why. Combined with some weight-lifting and improved posture, I’ve felt better ever since.


Neck and shoulder pain treatment with Distal Levator Scapulae and Infraspinatus Soft Tissue Mobilization

Video Transcription

(please excuse grammatical errors and the conversational nature of the transcription):

“We’re going to start slowly to the left. There is a lot of tension felt here at the lower segment of the upper trap, coming down here to the levator scapulae attachment. This is a pretty common line of tension.

I’m taking it past that attachment over the infra spinatus and infraspinatus fascia because the fascia doesn’t just stop at the attachment. As a profession, we’ve got to stop this habit of thinking in terms of muscles starting and stopping in one spot but rather think of them as a continuous structure connected by the soft tissue called fascia.

So after the technique, we retest the painful movement for improvement or changes. Ask the patient to look to the left as far as he or she can, and check on how the person is feeling.”

If you are dealing with pain and would like to know how we can help, call or text us at (512) 693-8849.

Treating Neck Pain with Cervical Soft Tissue Mobilization with Active Patient Movement


Video Transcription

(please excuse grammatical errors and the conversational nature of the transcription):

“First, we’re going to do a retest. The patient does some of those movements again while I work on the neck. So let’s have the patient look straight down to the right. Earlier, the patient was pointing and showing her symptoms. Through my thumbs, I feel the lines of tension and follow them down. The patient looks back up and I repeat the procedure, this this time diagonally to the right. Lastly, have the patient repeat the painful movement and see if she feels and moves better.”

I recently had a treatment by my therapist at Carter Physiotherapy for a chronic stiff neck issue that has plagued me for over 5 years. At the beginning of the treatment it was painful to turn my head from side to side and I could not begin to try and look back over my shoulder due to pain and stiffness.

After several minutes of treatment, on either side of my neck and into my shoulders, I experienced a range of motion that was greatly improved and the pain had subsided. They also gave me extensive instructions on three different types of stretching exercises and how exactly to perform the motion as well as how long to hold the stretch in order to keep the problem from returning.

I plan to return to Carter Physiotherapy to continue to work out the joint and muscle tension and stiffness that has built up over the years.


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