Acupuncture and Neck Pain – Houston, Texas

According to studies performed in China, 90% of individuals who have received acupuncture for neck pain relief have seen their symptoms improve or disappear entirely. Today, more and more individuals are seeking acupuncture as a preferred method of getting neck pain relief.

Neck Pain Symptoms That Acupuncture Relieves

Contact Us Now About Acupuncture for Neck-PainBoth adults and children can suffer from chronic and severe neck pain. Aside from acute neck stiffness and discomfort, chronic neck pain can lead to other painful and unwanted symptoms, including the following:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Tightness of the chest
  • Insomnia
  • Stomach discomfort

Using traditional, western medical methods such as x-rays, nerve conduction, MRIs, EEGs, computed tomography and blood tests, many neck pain symptoms can appear to have no explanation. However, acupuncture for neck pain can often provide relief regardless of the cause.

How Acupuncture and Neck Pain Relate

Many people experience sharp pains in their neck and upper shoulders in addition to larger areas of dull, aching pain. These are the types of neck pain symptoms that acupuncture is best suited to treating. A localized point of pain is known as a “trigger point” in modern, western medicine or an “ashi acupuncture point” in traditional Chinese medicine. Pressing on this point can lead to additional soreness or numbness.

The ashi acupuncture point can be treated in different ways depending on the source of the pain. Your acupuncturist will determine the pain’s source and treat it according. The most common sources of pain (in Western understanding) include nerve roots, the spinal cord and the vertebral artery. In Chinese medicine, the cause of the pain is usually due to Qi (chee) and Blood stagnation. A good way to understand this is to view that pain as a full-blown traffic jam. Gridlock with no movement anywhere. The goal of acupuncture is to create a green light, to get the traffic (energy) moving and allow the blood to flow to heal the area of pain.

In our clinic, common points used for neck pain are located in the hands, elbows, ankles and legs. This allows us to see if there is pain relief while you are on the table. If there is not relief, then it is our job to go back and re-think the strategy of point selection.

A big advantage to how we treat patients at the Acupuncture and Nutrition Clinic is that we rarely put needles in the areas of pain. By choosing different points farther from the pain, we can have you move the hurt area since there are no needles in the places you need to move. We can almost get immediate feedback to determine if we are doing our job!

Regardless of the treatment protocol chosen by your acupuncturist, most neck pain sufferers find that their symptoms improve after only a few acupuncture neck pain sessions. In addition, acupuncture has been shown to relieve neck pain on a long-term basis, long after the final acupuncture session.

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