Acupuncture for Neck Pain: How does it work?

Updated: Aug 27


Everybody who has been exposed to straining work and positions have experienced neck pain—only in varying degrees. In fact, Chronic neck pain is one of the most common pain issues faced by employees and students alike, especially after a long day at work or in school where the neck muscles can be strained from poor posture, whether when you’re leaning over your computer or hunching over your desk.


Causes of Neck Pain

While there can be a myriad of factors contributing to your neck pain, experts say that these reasons may be the culprit:

· Muscle strains: It is very common and possible that your neck hurts because of muscle overuse. Did you know that you use your neck muscles in doing the simplest of tasks such as reading in bed or gritting your teeth?

· Nerve compression: Herniated disks or bone spurs in the vertebrae of your neck can press on the nerves branching out from the spinal cord can cause neck pains as well.

· Injuries: If you have been involved in a rear-end auto collisions which often result in whiplash injury, chances are you can experience neck pains sooner or later. This is caused by the straining the soft tissues of the neck when the head is jerked backward and then forward.

· Diseases: Certain types of diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis or cancer, can include neck pain as one of the symptoms.


Signs and symptoms include:

· Pain that's often worsened by holding your head in one place for long periods such as when driving or working in front of a computer;

· Muscle tightness and spasms;

· Decreased ability to move your head;

· Headaches


While some people can stand neck pain and don't mind it at all, a number of cases can be severe enough that it can adversely affect the quality of one's life. Because of its position and range of motion, and because it plays a vital role in the support of the head, the neck is more subject to injury than any other portion of the spine.


How can Acupuncture Help?

Regardless of what caused the neck pain to begin, many people find relief with acupuncture when seemingly nothing else helped. While this maybe a relatively new practice in the West, Acupuncture has been around the East for centuries now and has proven to aid numerous medical conditions time and time again. In fact, it is an ancient technique, refined through centuries of use.

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