Relieving Neck Pain: Innovative Therapies and Exercises at Performance Physical Therapy

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Neck pain is a common issue that affects millions of people worldwide. Whether it’s caused by poor posture, muscle strain, or underlying medical conditions, finding relief from neck pain is essential for maintaining a good quality of life. Performance Physical Therapy offers a range of innovative therapies and exercises that can help alleviate neck pain and restore mobility.

Understanding the Causes of Neck Pain

Before delving into the various therapies and exercises, it’s important to understand the common causes of neck pain. Poor posture, such as slouching or hunching over a desk, can put strain on the neck muscles and lead to discomfort. Other factors, such as whiplash from a car accident or repetitive motions, can also contribute to neck pain. Additionally, medical conditions like arthritis or herniated discs may cause chronic neck pain.

Innovative Therapies for Neck Pain Relief

At Performance Physical Therapy, our team of experienced therapists utilizes innovative therapies to target neck pain and promote healing. Here are some of the cutting-edge treatments we offer:

1. Manual Therapy

Manual therapy involves hands-on techniques performed by our skilled therapists. This may include joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, or muscle energy techniques. These methods help reduce pain, increase range of motion, and improve overall neck function.

2. Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique that involves inserting thin needles into trigger points in the neck muscles. This helps release tension and promote muscle relaxation, providing relief from neck pain. Our therapists are trained in the safe and effective application of dry needling.

3. Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

IASTM is a specialized technique that utilizes handheld instruments to mobilize soft tissues in the neck. This helps break down scar tissue, reduce inflammation, and improve blood flow to the affected area, resulting in pain relief and improved function.

Convenient Locations and Contact Information

We have three convenient locations in Delaware to make it easy for you to access the care you need. Whether you are in Hockessin, Wilmington, or the surrounding areas, you can find a Performance Physical Therapy clinic near you. Here are the addresses and phone number for each location:

  1. Performance Physical Therapy, 720 Yorklyn Road # 150, Hockessin, Delaware 19707
    • Phone: 302-234-2288
  2. Performance Physical Therapy, 364 Buckley Mill Rd, Wilmington, Delaware 19807
    • Phone: 302-234-2288
  3. Performance Physical Therapy, 4331 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Delaware 19803
    • Phone: 302-234-2288

Neck Pain Relief Exercises

In addition to innovative therapies, Performance Physical Therapy provides a range of exercises to help relieve neck pain and strengthen the neck muscles. Here are some exercises that you can incorporate into your daily routine:

1. Neck Stretches

Gently tilt your head to the right, bringing your right ear towards your right shoulder. Hold for 10-15 seconds and then repeat on the left side. This stretch helps release tension in the neck muscles and improves flexibility.

2. Chin Tucks

While sitting or standing with good posture, gently retract your chin, creating a double chin appearance. Hold for a few seconds and then relax. This exercise helps strengthen the muscles at the front of the neck, promoting better alignment and reducing strain.

3. Shoulder Blade Squeezes

Sit or stand with your arms relaxed at your sides. Squeeze your shoulder blades together, as if you’re trying to hold a pencil between them. Hold for a few seconds and then release. This exercise helps improve upper back and neck strength, reducing pain and tension.

Remember to consult with a physical therapist before starting any exercise program to ensure it’s appropriate for your specific condition and needs.


Neck pain can be debilitating, but with the right therapies and exercises, relief is possible. Performance Physical Therapy offers innovative treatments and exercises that target neck pain at its source, helping you regain mobility and get back to enjoying life. Don’t let neck pain hold you back – schedule an appointment with our experienced team and start your journey towards a pain-free neck today!


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