Neck and shoulder pain
can be classified in many different ways. Some
experience only neck pain or only shoulder pain, while others experience
pain in both areas.
Neck Pain? Causes of neck pain include:
Abnormalities in the bone or
What Causes Shoulder Pain? The shoulder is a ball and socket joint with a large range of
movement. Such a mobile joint tends to be more susceptible to injury.
Shoulder pain can stem from one or more of the following causes:
Tendonitis from overuse
Collar or upper arm
Pinched nerves (also
Acupuncture treatment for Neck and Shoulder Pain
Acupuncture can be a very effective solution
when treating most neck and shoulder problems. Neck and shoulder muscle
tension and stiffness are very common concerns. Sitting in front of a
computer and typing for extensive periods of time causes a lack of
circulation in the tissue and fatigue of the muscles involved. Neck
stiffness can be also aggravated by other common reasons, many of which
can be effectively treated with acupuncture.
At the top of your neck, just below the hairline, there is a important
acupuncture point called fuchi (GB20) which has been known to be closely
connected to the eye. If you watch a computer screen or television for
long periods of time and continuously strain your eyes, tightness can
develop in this area, and sometimes a tight muscle mass forms. This area
can also become quite tense with prolonged periods of thinking or mental
As a result, tightness at the top of the neck can influence autonomic
nervous functioning and prolonged period of tension can cause a various
symptoms such as headache, lack of concentration, poor memory, insomnia or
How can acupuncture help treat your neck and shoulder pain and stiffness?
Most neck and shoulder stiffness results from two factors: continuous
mechanical strain and emotional stress. The treatment approach, then, must
consider both aspects. In today stressful society, since most people have
chronic parasympathetic inhibition and excess sympathetic activation
(typical symptoms include: irritability, insomnia, cold hands, feet,
digestive problems, palpitations), we begin by acupuncture and moxa
balancing the nervous system. For this purpose, Moxa (heat therapy)
treatment may also applied to certain acupuncture points to increase local
tissue circulation and to induce an additional relaxation response.
It can relieve general tension, but more chronic, deep muscle tightness
requires more direct stimulation. Needling stimulation is applied to the
neck and shoulder muscles to further release muscle tightness.
Low-frequency electric acupuncture treatment may also be utilized for
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determine the best course of acupuncture treatment.