Neck Pain

Acupuncture May Be Best to Ease Neck Pain

One large study conducted in Germany and published in the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain found that patients with chronic neck pain lasting more than six months experienced considerable long-term relief with acupuncture, in comparison to a control group receiving conventional medical care and no acupuncture.

Causes of Neck Pain

Degeneration or wear and tear – inflammation, pinched nerves, cervical fractures, cervical disc degeneration

Bad sleeping position– The way we sleep, the number of pillows used, and the firmness of the mattress can all affect how we feel upon waking in the morning.

Poor Posture

Stress and anxiety – may cause the muscles to tighten. People often talk about holding tension in their neck and back, and they may feel pain from the excess strain.

Acute torticollis – often occurs overnight, which the head becomes twisted to one side. It can be very painful to try to straighten out the head. The cause of torticollis is not always known.

Brachial plexus injury – If an injury to the neck affects the brachial plexus, pain may also occur in the hand. A common cause of injury to the brachial plexus is blunt force trauma, which can happen as a result of a sporting injury or car accident.

Whiplash or a sudden jolt to the neck- describes an injury to the neck where the head jolts forward and then back into place very quickly. People tend to think of whiplash in relation to car accidents, but it can also occur as a result of sporting activities and other sudden movements.

Cervical radiculopathy “Pinched Nerve” – Although this can result in pain in the neck, the primary symptoms include: numbness in the arms, pins, and needles in the arms, pain or weakness in part of the arms

Rare causes of right side neck pain- infection, cancer, bone disorder, rheumatoid arthritis

Resources

The persistence of the effects of acupuncture after a course of treatment – Journal for the International Study of Pain

How Does Acupuncture Work for Chronic Neck Pain?

When inserted in the right places — which may or may not be where you actually feel pain acupuncture can potentially activate connective tissue, nerves and the muscles, which then activate natural pain defenses, says the Mayo Clinic.

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