How MCU treatment Can Help Neck Pain

October 10th, 2018 | in Physiotherapy for Neck Pain

The Multi-Cervical Unit (MCU) is a valuable tool to physical therapy that measures the motion and strength of your neck, and then uses those readings designs a strengthening program to help you target the specific muscles in your neck that require strengthening. An MCU is able to provide details on the exact issues within the neck, including whether you are experiencing a lack of motion or strength, and displayed in graphs and visual representations that can provide great detail to your care provider.

Who Can Benefit from an MCU?

Patients who suffer from neck pain of all sorts can benefit from an MCU. Some of the conditions than an MCU can be used to treat include:

  • Tension headaches;
  • Herniated discs;
  • Whiplash; and
  • Arthritis.

The MCU works by progressively strengthening the neck and improving motion. Muscles which are in a weakened state from chronic or acute pain may leave the patient more susceptible to poor posture, muscle spasms, and in turn further weaknesses and pains. An MCU allows your physiotherapist to accurately assess your neck pain.

Effectiveness of an MCU

Numerous studies have shown that over 75 percent of patients with a history of neck pain who use an MCU in their treatment see improved results in neck motion and strength. In some cases, neck strength nearly doubled and significant improvements have been made in regards to pain.

When used in treatment and evaluation for both chronic and acute neck pain, an MCU supports improved outcomes and treatment systems. For patients suffering with neck pain, looking into a physiotherapy provider with access to an MCU may prove to be beneficial.

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