Acupuncture for Neck and Shoulder Pain
Pain is Caused by a Block in the Flow of Chi
In Chinese medicine pain is usually caused by a blockage of the flow of chi, the life force that circulates throughout the body. Some of the many ways the chi can become blocked in this area of the body include trauma, like whiplash, stress, which leads to muscle tension, lack of movement in the upper body, like what occurs when we spend long hours at the computer, poor posture, or even when we "hold our tongue" over a long period of time. Physical manifestations of the blockage of chi include pain, but also things like muscle knots and reduced range of motion.
Acupuncture Can Unblock Stuck Chi
Acupuncture can help with neck and shoulder tension by unblocking the flow of chi to stop pain, reduce inflammation, relieve stress, and release tension in the muscles. One of the points that is commonly used for this is located where the muscle that helps us turn our head from side to side attaches behind the ear at the base of the skull (the sternocleidomastoid muscle). Muscle attachments like this are areas where tension naturally tends to accumulate in the tissues so working here can help release the entire muscle. Another point that is commonly used for neck and shoulder pain is located in the middle of the trapezius at the top of the shoulder, a reflex point that releases this muscle from the middle out.
Chinese Herbs Can be Helpful as Well
Taking herbs can enhance the effects of your acupuncture treatments, helping to address symptoms from the inside out. If you are interested in trying some Chinese herbs they come in a convenient pill form and are included with your session at no extra charge. I carry formulas that are specifically for pain as well as a few different formulas for stress and tension that can be very helpful. Please click here to learn more about the herbs that I carry.
As Can Chinese Massage
Chinese massage can enhance the effects of acupuncture and is healing in its own right. Tuina is the foundation of these techniques, and can include anything from broad, superficial strokes to deeper, more focused pressure. With cupping, glass orbs are suctioned to the skin, releasing tension, opening the flow of chi, and pulling blood to the area so muscles can soften and heal. Acupressure manually releases tissues, while medicated oils reduce inflammation, enhance circulation, and stop pain. If you are interested in trying Chinese massage it is included with your acupuncture session at no extra charge or you can schedule for a massage. Please click here to learn more about Chinese massage.
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