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.
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