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.