by Richard Halvorsen
Acupuncture is a very effective and successful way of treating neck pain. Whether your symptoms are caused by sitting in the same position for many hours a day or a sudden injury, acupuncture can be used to ease the pain.
What Acupuncture Involves
If you choose to go for this treatment, your acupuncturist will initially make a traditional medical assessment by taking a look at your history and carrying out an examination.
He will then decide whether acupuncture can be used to treat your symptoms or if it is more suitable to refer you to another member of the clinical staff, such as a chiropractor, physiotherapist or rheumatologist.
Should it be decided that acupuncture is a suitable solution for you, you will go on to begin your treatment.
Why it is a Successful Treatment for Neck Pain
Neck pain is often caused by muscular problems, such as knots in the neck and shoulders. These are commonly caused by bad posture or neck injuries such as whiplash.
Acupuncture is an excellent way of treating these knots, which are also referred to as trigger points. When needles are inserted into these trigger points, this can release the muscle and ease the pain.
Don’t the Needles Hurt?
While some people find the needles to be a little uncomfortable, it is only a very mild sensation of pain that lasts fleetingly for a few seconds. Sometimes, patients can suffer a slight temporary aggravation for the next day or so, but this feeling will always improve.
There is no need to worry that you will be in agony because of the needles used in acupuncture. It is a very safe and effective procedure and you will be left with far less neck pain afterwards.
While there has not been an extensive amount of research carried out into the effect of acupuncture on neck pain, the research that has been done is very positive.
If you would like to read the results of some of the research studies into acupuncture or find out more about its use in treating neck pain, take a look at our Broadgate Journal article now.