Acupuncture for Neck Pain

Do you have a pain in the neck? No, I’m not talking about your in-laws or a coworker. This is a bona fide pain in your body that nags at you constantly. There are a number of treatment options you can explore for pain relief including neck pain acupuncture.

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain is more common than you think. We don’t always think about it because acute pain can be solved with a good night’s sleep or a few pain pills. But, when you suffer from the “neck pain from hell,” your entire outlook can change.

Neck pain has many sources. If you have an office job where you are in front of the computer for long stretches of time, you can develop neck pain. You don’t realize it but your head is held in a tilted position as you adjust to view your screen. At the end of the day, even turning your neck form side to side can hurt.

Jobs that require a lot of manual labor also contribute to neck and shoulder pain. It’s easy to turn too quickly and wrench your neck. Rubbing it at the time may calm down the pain but when you have a chance to sit still, stiffness sets in and your slight ache becomes a whole different story.

Just about anyone can develop neck pain from activities they perform every day. Age can make these pains less tolerable and become a chronic condition that screams for relief.

How can neck pain acupuncture help?

Pain Acupuncture is an ancient medical art practiced by the Chinese that has been shared with other cultures including ours. It involves the placement of needles at certain points on the body, to alleviate pain. There is still speculation as to what exactly happens in the body when these needles are placed, but traditional medicine has finally acknowledged that, whatever the internal reaction, acupuncture relieves pain.

Research had been done with patients experiencing neck pain according to a British Medical Journal article published in June of 2001. They were divided into groups: those receiving neck pain acupuncture, those receiving neck massage and those receiving a placebo or sham procedure. The results showed that acupuncture provided pain relief equal to or greater than neck massage and greater the sham procedure.

When it comes to neck pain, what you want is fast relief. Simple movements become a painful chore when the neck is stiff. Acupuncture goes right to the sight of pain because the needles are inserted into the muscles. Some patients felt better after one session, but several sessions are recommended for lasting pain relief.

Acupuncture for neck pain has been demonstrated to work for degenerative neck pain disorders and accidental neck pain (whiplash). With massage, neck pain may return when the muscles are knotted up again.

Acupuncture for neck pain can be used in conjunction with more traditional treatments and other alternative medicines like herbal remedies for neck pain. Also, the practice of proper body alignment will help that neck pain from returning after you have been freed of it by acupuncture.

If your neck bothering you constantly? The use of neck pain acupuncture may bring you the relief you need.