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Stiff Neck? Acupuncture Extremely Effective for Neck Pain!

Happier Necks with Acupuncture!

Happier Necks with Acupuncture!

Stiff necks are surprisingly painful!

What causes this awesomeness? Common causes for a stiff neck include poor posture, stress, extra hard work, reading or using hand-held devices too much, holding the neck and/or shoulders in an unnatural position (such as talking on a standard telephone “hands free”), sleeping without proper head support, poor ergonomics while working, turning and reaching at the same time, or even exposure of the neck to a cold draft. Chronic infections, flu, Lyme disease, etc, can also include neck pain. Many people suffer neck injuries from auto accidents and/or sports or exercise related strains.

Also, most everyone has times of stress, and when we’re stressed, the majority of people who are overwhelmed by it will tell you that the physical manifestation of their stress is tightness, muscle knots, and pain in their neck and upper back. The tightness in the upper back and neck creates a slowdown in the circulation of blood and energy in the area, causing energy stagnation. In addition, as the neck becomes tight and painful, the pain can move upward causing headaches, tooth grinding, and jaw pain; or it can move downward and cause back pain and tightness, wreaking havoc with your sleep, your health, your ability to back the car out of the driveway, and certainly your attitude!

Well, guess what? Acupuncture is very helpful and quickly so! The precise location of the needles depends on the location of the pain and whether it’s sharp or dull, constant or intermittent, and other factors. Often relief is felt at the first treatment, and usually only a few are needed, with range of motion restored. When longstanding pain or injuries are the cause, then more treatments will be needed, and acupuncture will help speed the healing process. In addition, acupuncture is good at reducing the tension in the neck tendons and muscles. It can help relieve the pain and tightness in the neck by increasing the circulation of blood and energy, and it can also help to relieve stress.  Acupuncture has a relaxing effect on many people and some even fall asleep during the treatment.

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Has the Week’s Commute Got You Tied Up in Knots? Acupuncture Relieves Neck and Shoulder Pain!

Lose that Tension with Acupuncture!

Lose that Tension with Acupuncture!

Whether you commute on I-84, Route 101, or up and over mountains, it sure can take its toll on the body! People are commuting farther than ever, and stiff necks and super tight shoulders can make starting the work day rough at best, not to mention not exactly bringing the best you home afterwards. For most people that commute everyday, they hardly recognize that the pain they feel is because of the stress commuting causes to the body. Acupuncture can work to relieve the painful burning and tension of stiff necks and shoulders, and in many cases give immediate relief!

All those hours spent carpooling or being cooped up in a bus, train or subway can be a literal pain in the neck. 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. Neck pain can be mild enough so that it is a mere annoyance, or severe enough that it can adversely affect the quality of one’s life. In most instances it involves the elevator scapulae muscle, which is located at the side and back of the neck and connects the neck to the shoulder. Sometimes a stiff neck occurs in conjunction with a headache. What fun! There are many other muscles and tendons around the neck area that can get tight, irritated, and spasm.

Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective in relieving certain types of neck pain, particularly those caused by whiplash (for when the commute didn’t go quite as planned).  In many cases, acupuncture has worked for patients whose conditions could not be solved using conventional approaches. Acupuncture is very helpful and quickly so. Often relief is felt at the first treatment, and usually only a few are needed. When longstanding pain or injuries are the cause, then more treatments will be needed. We will look into your history of health, and include your other symptoms in our considerations.

Acupuncture is relevant and very helpful for all shoulder issues as well. We treat local point sites, and include points at the neck area, as relieving the extra tension there gives immediate improvement. There are so many tendons and connecting tissue structures that enable the movement of the neck and arms, and we also store our stress and concern there. It is easy for nerves to get irritated in the mix, much less when we add extra strain of commuting. Acupuncture gives quick and steady improvement. It is a gentle, and painless treatment, and relaxing.

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Sources: Coan RM, Wong G, Coan PL. The acupuncture treatment of neck pain: a randomized controlled study. Amer J Chin Med 1982;9:326-332.

 

Help Beat the Strain of Summer Traveling with Acupuncture

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Feel Like You’ve Had a Vacation with Acupuncture!

Who knew that a ten hour car ride would end with one stiff neck? And that motel mattresses are often stuffed with what feels like a heady combination of bricks and cotton batting, causing your back to feel like you’ve slept on…well, bricks and cotton batting? That bike tour didn’t look quite so long when we looked at the brochure and now that we’ve stopped…OW! When summer traveling has got you down, consider acupuncture!

For something that is so strong, a neck sure can be finicky while traveling. A stiff neck is a condition when pain is experienced when attempting to turn or move the neck. In most instances it involves the elevator scapulae muscle, which is located at the side and back of the neck and connects the neck to the shoulder. Sometimes a stiff neck occurs in conjunction with a headache. What fun! There are many other muscles and tendons around the neck area that can get tight, irritated, and spasm a little. And all this can add up to one cranky traveling partner…even if you’re traveling alone.

Common causes for a stiff neck include poor posture, stress, extra hard work, even reading too much, holding the neck and/or shoulders in an unnatural position (think falling asleep in the back seat of the station wagon, or in coach on that cross-country flights, head lolling to the side), sleeping without proper head support (hotel pillows!!) or even exposure of the neck to a cold draft (that restaurant that insists on having the a/c set to “North Pole”).

Acupuncture is very helpful and quickly so. Acupuncture is good at reducing the tension in the neck tendons and muscles. Often relief is felt after the first treatment, and usually only a few are needed. When long-standing pain or injuries are the cause, then more treatments will be needed. We will look into your history of health, and include your other symptoms in our considerations.

Acupuncture is also excellent for back pain. One of the top causes of back pain are sprains (overstretching one or more of the ligaments in the back) and strains (a rip or tear in the muscle caused by sudden force). This can happen from an injury, poor posture, or improper lifting. Or from flinging your suitcase that’s just a little too heavy, at just a little too weird of an angle, perhaps while trying to make a point about keeping to schedules, and now you’re moving much more slowly than you’d like?

Acupuncture continues to gain popularity in this country because it is an effective treatment of acute and chronic backache. That’s excellent news for no matter where you are! Acupuncture helps alleviate the muscle spasms that can keep you from sleeping at night. Acute pain can often be cleared up in a few sessions. More treatments may be needed if there is an underlying deficiency, or a reoccurring problem, or sciatica.

Don’t let the wear and tear of summer traveling keep you from enjoying it to the fullest! Give acupuncture a try!

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Author: Andrée Lambertson

Is Life Giving You a Pain in the Neck? Solution…Acupuncture!

A stiff neck is a condition when pain is experienced when attempting to turn or move the neck. In most instances it involves the elevator scapulae muscle, which is located at the side and back of the neck and connects the neck to the shoulder. Sometimes a stiff neck occurs in conjunction with a headache. There are many other muscles and tendons around the neck area that can get tight, irritated, and spasm a little.

Common causes for a stiff neck include poor posture, stress, extra hard work, even reading too much, holding the neck and/or shoulders in an unnatural position (such as talking on a standard telephone “hands free”), sleeping without proper head support, or even exposure of the neck to a cold draft. Chronic infections, flu, lyme, etc, can also include neck pain. Many of my patients have had injuries from auto accidents and/or sports or exercise related strains, and most of us have times of stress.

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Acupuncture
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Neck Pain

Acupuncture is very helpful and quickly so. Often relief is felt at the first treatment, and usually only a few are needed. When longstanding pain or injuries are the cause, then more treatments will be needed. We will look into your history of health, and include your other symptoms in our considerations. Acupuncture is good at reducing the tension in the neck tendons and muscles.

CT Acupuncture Center

Providing Acupuncture to Fairfield, Wilton and Bethel, CT

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