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Acupuncture for Neck Pain


About 90% of those who ever received acupuncture for neck pain are cured or improved, according to domestic and international statistics in China. Although a lot of people overseas are still skeptical about the efficacy of acupuncture for neck pain, the trend is that more and more people are seeking help from acupuncture to relief the annoying chronic neck pain.


Causes of neck pain


Given that busy work and life stress combined with fatigue and poor posture at work, people who live in modern times tend to suffer from neck pain unknowingly. The worse trend is that not only the adult but also the younger generation suffer from neck pain.


Besides the symptom of neck pain, in severe cases the secondary symptoms include dizziness, headache, palpitations, insomnia, chest tightness, gastrointestinal discomfort and other symptoms. This phenomenon should arouse us again how importance our lifestyle can do to us.


For people suffering from neck pain, almost everyone ever experienced a series of examinations, such X-ray, blood test, nerve conduction, endoscopy, EEG, computed tomography, or MRI. However, most of the results of examinations indicate that everything is quite normal. From the perspective of modern medicine, this is a kind of unexplained neck pain.


Acupuncture for neck pain


This kind of unexplained neck pain is characterized by a special sore point besides the pain in neck, shoulders, back and other parts. This special sore point is called “ashi acupuncture point” in Chinese medicine, while a “trigger point” in western medicine. Pressing ashi acupuncture point can cause particular feelings of sore, numb, bulging and heavy.


Common treatment protocols and treatment points by using acupuncture for neck pain are as follows:


Type of neck pain based on nerve root. Main treatment points are Laozhen, Houxi, ShousanIi, Chize , Xiaohai and Jiaji etc. Treatment protocols are mainly to dredge the channels and promote blood circulation to remove blood stasis.


Type of neck pain based on spinal cord. Main treatment points are Juegu, Kunlun, Tsusanli, Yanglingquan, Shenshu, Dazhu etc. Treatment protocols are mainly to benefit bone and restore marrow content, benefit kidney and complement essence.


Type of neck pain based on sympathetic and vertebral artery. Main treatment points are Anmian, Neiguan, Shenmen, Sanyinchiao, Taixi, Yinwei and Yangwei etc. Treatment protocols are to nourish kidney Yin and reconcile the relationship between Yin and yang.


Studies and experiments of acupuncture for neck pain


Acupuncture for neck pain is effective in most of neck pain cases, according to the studies and experiments. To verify the effect of acupuncture for neck pain, researchers ever observed the reactions with EMG during acupuncture therapies. The researchers found that during EMG resting the fibrillation and positive waves were disappearing along with the disappearance of positive signs. At the same time, the strength of muscle with damaged nerve was back to normal and the voltage, current and phase are tending to normal as well. All the results are promising and indicate that acupuncture for neck pain were working.