How can Acupuncture Helps for Neck pain?
Neck pain is one of the three most frequently reported complaints of the musculoskeletal system. Treatments for neck pain are varied, as are the perceptions of benefits. Acupuncture is sometimes used as an alternative to more traditional treatments for musculoskeletal pain.
Each of us will most likely experience some type of neck pain at least once. However certain people may be predisposed to acute and chronic neck pain due to their occupation. Employees who perform repetitive tasks, sit for prolonged periods of time and use their upper extremities are at a greater risk of developing neck pain.
The neck is one of the most flexible and delicate-parts of the body. All day, many of us put stress on our neck without even realizing it. Unfortunately, this can result in a literal pain in the neck, causing stiffness, pain and limited movement in the neck and even the shoulders and arms.
If you suffer from neck pain, whether it is occasional or chronic, acupuncture and Traditional Eastern Medicine (TEM) may just provide the relief you need. In recent years, acupuncture has become well-known as an effective treatment for various types of painful disorders. Acupuncture and TEM provide a safe and natural approach to treating neck pain and whiplash.
What is behind that pain in the neck : Neck pain can be caused by a wide range of factors, including wear and tear, strains or sprains, or inflammation.
A few of the most common culprits include:
Bad posture : Bending or hunching forward for prolonged periods can cause strains like overstretched muscles, sprains like injuries to ligaments or other problems. This can happen at work when sitting in front of the computer, during long drives, when reading in bed or even talking on the phone. Sleeping in an awkward position is another common cause.
Injuries, trauma and motor vehicle accidents : This is a major cause of acute neck pain. Common injuries include falls, sports-related injuries, direct trauma and auto accidents.
Medical conditions : Conditions such as arthritis can cause chronic pain and stiffness. Herniated disks in the neck can also cause pain, as can illnesses like the flu. Jaw injuries may also cause neck pain.
Stress : Being stressed or anxious can cause tension in the muscles of your neck, shoulders and back.
How acupuncture can help neck pain :
Acupuncture and TEM take a holistic, or whole-body, approach to health. Qi is the vital energy that animates the body and protects it from illness. It flows through pathways called meridians to nourish all of the body’s organs, muscles tissues, glands and cells. When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, physical symptoms such as pain may result. Acupuncture is safe, natural and has no side effects unlike many of the medications often used to treat pain.
We will take a health history and perform a physical exam to find out where and why your body’s vital energies have become blocked and out of balance. He or she will work to not only receive your pain, but to identify and treat the underlying cause. During treatment, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific points along the meridian channels in order to restore the balance and flow of Qi. We may also perform acupressure or other types of therapy, based on your unique issues and symptoms.
We may also recommend herbs, changes in diet, stretches and other exercises to work in conjunction with acupuncture treatment. These adjunct therapies may help you regain your health and prevent future problems. By working together with your acupuncturist-and taking good care of yourself-you will be on your way to a healthier, pain-free future before you know it.