"The Balance Wedge is awesome… really impressive, simple elegant idea" - independent user feedback
The OptiNeck Balance Wedge® is a unique, patented, exercise device that addresses the fundamental bio-mechanical causes of a wide range of conditions including neck and shoulder pain, upper back pain and headaches.
It is the result of 20 years of working specialising in the treatment of Upper Quadrant (upper back, neck, shoulder and arm) conditions.
It has been described as a "game changer" by other professionals and empowers the Patients to help treat themselves like never before.
In simple terms a muscle imbalance in when muscles (or groups of muscles) attached to either side of a joint (that usually work against one another to control the normal position and movement of the joint) do not have equal strength, length and/or activity. This results in the part of the body effected being pulled out of its normal position.
This is why, in order to be truly effective, the Physio has to have a good understanding of the inter-relation of these systems and be able to treat accordingly. This is also why any approach that just focuses only on treating the symptoms is unlikely to be effective in the medium to long term.
Typically, treatment involves direct mobilisation of the joints involved, most often the top 3 vertebra of the neck. This is combined with Myofascial (muscles and soft tissue) mobilisation and specific muscle strengthening and specific postural alignment retraining.
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