New Research on Acupuncture for Pain

Acupuncture is famous for the treatment of chronic pain.  In the clinic we know acupuncture is effective for pain and recently research is supporting that acupuncture is effective for pain.

Recently, a very large analysis of research trials, called a meta-analysis, was published focusing on acupuncture for pain. The study shows that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of pain. This was across many pain conditions including back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headaches, and shoulder pain.

Andrew Vickers PhD, the head author, and his team painstakingly reviewed virtually all of the acupuncture research trials which have focused on … Read More

Treatment of Neck Pain with Acupuncture: Success Stories

In this post, I will wrap up my series on acupuncture for shoulder and neck pain with two cases, one about an athlete and the other a retired New Yorker.

The Athlete with a Pain in the Neck

This patient is a serious athlete in his mid 30’s.  He exercised five times per week, lifting weights in the gym, bike riding, and playing a number of organized sports.  After an injury a few months before, he began to develop pain and stiffness in the right side of his neck.  The pain was worse after lifting weights as well as after … Read More

Exercises for Opening the Shoulder, Neck, and Rotator Cuff

Stretching is an integral part of any healing for your pain.

Qi gong exercises are slow moving exercises and stretches that help to loosen up joints and get the circulation going in the area.

A Wooden Hinge Gets No Worms

There is a saying in Chinese medicine,  “A wooden hinge gets no worms.”  The idea is that a wooden door, cabinet, bench, or stump will get worms because it does not move.  It just sits there.  But a hinge moves all the time and prevents decay.  In other words, move it or loose it.

These are exercises which I have … Read More

10 Ways to Prevent Neck and Shoulder Pain

I treat many people with neck and shoulder pain.  Acupuncture is very effective for treating neck pain.

After the pain has been reduced, it is important for you to adopt healthy habits in order to prevent the pain from coming back.

Here are ten things I tell all my patients with shoulder pain.

1. Get a backpack with two straps. Bags with single straps are often not balanced.

2. Do breathing exercises to relax the auxiliary respiratory muscles of the neck.

3. Sleep!  If you can’t sleep, get acupuncture for insomnia.

4. Stretch your neck and shoulders.

5. … Read More