Muscles and joints of the neck take a beating in the modern world from computer overuse, smartphones, poor posture, stress, and injuries. The good news is that acupuncture can help treat neck pain. [1,2]
Acupuncture works on many levels to heal neck pain. Acupuncture deeply relaxes the muscles in the neck and shoulders, reduce inflammation, and balance the nervous system which will help to reduce pain and stimulate healing.[3,4] This leads to long term relief even after the treatment course has finished.
My approach centers on personalized treatments for each person. We will target the pain and stiffness by addressing imbalances within the muscles, connective tissues, and acupuncture channels of the neck and shoulders. The neck and shoulders are thoroughly integrated- neck pain often comes from trigger points on your shoulders-this is why we treat them together.
Causes of Neck and Shoulder Pain
Overwork, stress, and strain are the some of the most frequent causes of chronic neck pain. This is one of the most common areas to store stress- as soon as one feels stress the pain begins. Acupuncture is great at cutting off this cycle of stress and pain.
My method to acupuncture considers both your constitutional state of health as well as muscle tension and development of trigger points in the areas.
In acupuncture, Qi, the energy of the body, needs to be strong to support healthy relaxed muscles. If you do not have enough energy to support the muscles, they tense up as a result. Another cause of pain is Qi stagnation, a slowing of the circulation of the energy. Normally, the energy of the body flows smoothly. Stagnation may develop from an injury, wear and tear, or chronic stress. This is why it is easy to develop pain during periods of high stress.