Neck and arm pain

Robert is the owner and sole director of a busy small manufacturing business. Otherwise fit and well he arrived at the practice with what he described as searing arm pain with tingling in his ring and little finger. He was unable to sleep because he couldn't lie down flat and in the three weeks since it started he had been swallowing pain killers "like smarties". He was worried and rundown.

Somebody had suggested to him that he had "trapped a nerve". On examination this proved to be correct. One of the nerve roots in his neck was being compressed. Gentle traction and soft tissue massage followed later by articulation of his neck and upper back, after several treatments, did the trick. He is now pain free and has a series of exercises that he must do to keep his neck and upper back flexible.