The Better Neck Programme

“I have reduced my headaches (going on 3 – 4 times a week for five years) to once every two weeks and they last for no more than a minute and I haven’t taken medication in 3 – 4 weeks” – Past Class Participant

Do you have:

Neck Pain?


Shoulder Pain?


Upper Body Pain?



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Are you:

– Limited in day-to-day life?


– Living in pain?


– Not considering surgery?


– Tired of the implications?

We can help

The Better Neck Programme is a rehabilitation class for people who suffer from traumatic or chronic (long-standing) neck and/or shoulder issues. It is led by Chartered Physiotherapists who focus on the treatment of these injuries. Evidence shows that active rehabilitation and exercise therapy improves recovery in neck and shoulder pain and also in whiplash associated disorders (WAD). The class is held in our spacious PhysioGyms in Blanchardstown (32 Clonsilla Road, Dublin 15) and Carrickmines (Carrickmines Manor, Glenamuck Road, Dublin 18) and is made up of people like you who suffer from pain in the neck, shoulders and associated areas. Class participants will learn how to pro-actively manage the problem with the aim of helping you to get and feel better and back to a pain free life. The Better Neck Programme is strictly limited to a class size of 8 people so that the Chartered Physiotherapist who leads the class can spend one-on-one time with each participant. The class runs once a week for 8 weeks and costs €160. We hold a Maintenance class for those improving and a separate Beginners class for those starting. Please see the timetables below:

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6:00pm – 7:00pm (Maintenance)
7:00pm – 8:00pm (Beginners)
PhysioCare Blanchardstown


8:00am – 9:00am (Beginners)
10:30am – 11:30am (Beginners)
PhysioCare Blanchardstown


10:00am – 11:00am (Beginners)
PhysioCare Carrickmines

Call us on 015310007 to book a place on The Better Neck Programme

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Categories of Neck Pain and Whiplash

Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD) or ‘Cervical Acceleration-Deceleration’ describes the mechanism of injury of the neck during a high velocity trauma. This happens when someone’s head moves forwards and then backwards quickly. This quick back and forth movement may cause injury to the neck. This is most commonly seen in car accidents but is also a feature of high impact sports such as rugby or American football. For more information on Whiplash click here. Not every whiplash is the same and recovery times can differ. Based on the most up to date evidence base that we have from the department of Whiplash in Queensland University, it is widely accepted that most whiplash patients fall into three categories.

Category 1: Settle within 12-18 month with interventions.
Category 2: Settle within 1-3 years with interventions.
Category 3: Have ongoing symptoms to a greater or lesser extent and need ongoing interventions.

If you have been unlucky enough to be involved in such an incident you may be suffering from basic neck pain and/or headaches to limited movement or even tingling or numbness into your head or arm. So what should/can I do?

1. Get an assessment from your Chartered Physiotherapist, GP or other medical practitioner as soon as possible.
2. Use heat and analgesics (painkillers) for pain relief.
3. Avoid the use of collars and begin light movements or consider an active class such as The Better Neck Programme at PhysioCare.
4. To the best of your ability – continue with your normal daily routines and if possible stay at work.