Neck Pain
Balance Method Acupuncture for neck pain (ShouJingWu)

Acupuncture to Relieve Neck Pain

The most common cause of neck pain today is muscle tension due to everyday activities such as sitting at a computer for too many hours at a time or hold and looking at a smart phone for too many hours. Stress and intense focus on a single task can cause neck tension to build and affect one or more of the muscles that connect the head, neck and shoulders. Accidents and falls can cause severe neck issues too. medical conditions, such as fibromyalgia and disk ruptures can also cause neck pain.

Neck pain can occur anywhere in the neck, from the bottom of the head to the top of the shoulders, and it can spread to your upper back and arms. Neck pain can even cause severe headaches in some patients. Neck pain is physically and mentally debilitating because it limits how much you can move your neck; it is also dangerous when driving a vehicle.

Why Neck Pain is a Pain in the Neck

Neck pain is such a common condition, that we have an expression for it: "a pain in the neck" to describe common annoyances. Because your neck plays a vital physical role in supporting the head, however, it is far from a minor annoyance.

When your neck is sore and painful, you will have difficulty moving your head, especially turning it to see or communicate with others. In some cases, neck pain involves significant stress on the nerves which can lead to numbness, tingling, and even weakness in your arm, hands, wrist, and fingers.

How Balance Method Acupuncture Treats Neck Pain

Balance Method Acupuncture is a quick and safe way to treat a "pain in the neck." After assessing the specific location of neck pain needles are gently placed in areas of the body that image the specific location of neck pain. The patient then can move their neck to see if there is improvement. Sometimes the pain moves and the patient feels neck pain lower down, higher up or on a different side of the neck. After "chasing away" the pain by gently adding a few more needles patient find they can move their neck with significanly less pain. Some cases need more time with needles in place before results are felt. 

The patient then repeats this treatment daily until the pain level maintains at a significanly lower level. At this point the patient then returns for addtional acupuncuture therapy multiple times a week until the pain is gone. Then follows up with two to three additional treatments to strengthen the neck to prevent future re--injuiry.