Acupuncture for Neck Pain

Acupuncture for Neck Pain

We are so often on computers for work and recreation, travel in cars in heavy, stop and go traffic, and are attached to cell phones that it is easy for our necks and upper bodies to become chronically strained. Our bodies remain in forward bent, hunched positions for far too long. This leads to poor circulation and muscle imbalances: overtime muscles become short and tight, or overstretched and weak. We engage in so much of this without thought that we tune out when our bodies register fatigue until it is too late. Fatigue often precedes pain.

As with anything else, the sooner you begin treatment, the faster you will receive relief. As was discussed in the Back pain page, Acupuncture will stimulate natures’ pharmacy within to activate the self healing dynamic. Acupuncture will enhance endorphin and serotonin levels, promote local tissue and deeper microcirculation for tissue healing, relax tight muscles, and stimulate weakened ones.

Many persons with neck pain are often teeth grinders, whether or not they realize it. It is important to determine if this is an issue and then address the underlying reasons for it. I have found there to be a significant correlation between teeth grinding and acid reflux/GERD. The Chinese Stomach Meridian reaches the front muscles in the neck as well as the muscles around the face and jaw. Inflammation in the stomach and digestive area often refers pain along the corresponding meridian pathways.  If this is found to be the case, the root cause of the inflammation will be addressed as part of a comprehensive, individualized treatment approach.

The principle point for the neck is on the Chinese Lung Meridian (Lung 7). That seemingly makes no sense unless you consider that neck and arm pain are not always caused by a bad disc in the neck, but by what is called Neurovascular Compression Syndrome. In this case tight muscles in the neck and chest compress the nerves, causing pain, numbness, and tingling in the neck and arms. This may be due to anatomical reasons such as an elevated rib, or underlying issues such as asthma or a long standing paradoxical breathing pattern (chest vs. belly breathing – especially in women) which contribute to tightness in the front neck muscles, which are also accessory breathing muscles.

Additionally, several years ago I had to have a Cervical (neck) fusion as a consequence of several very traumatic car accidents. In my situation, conservative care was not an option. This helps me be more aware of what and who I can help, as well as when it is appropriate to refer for more invasive procedures.

Neck pain is not all the same, and doesn’t respond to the same cook book treatment and exercise. I have worked in Physical Therapy since 1981, and have a long history of working with pain management.  An evaluation will reveal the best treatment options for you.

Lisa Gibilie, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.


Acupuncture in Huntington Beach, CA 92648

(714) 313-65506

Category: Neck Pain

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