How Acupuncture Helps Neck Pain

Acupuncturist Chapel Hill, NC

Acupuncture is a helpful remedy for bothersome neck discomfort in many ways. Neck pain is a significant cause of disability worldwide, and as a licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Lisa Oskardmay offers healing acupuncture therapy that soothes neck pain. Additionally, acupuncture and chiropractic and massage services with Dr. Oskardmay reduce pain and other symptoms in the shoulder, arm, and hands that frequently accompany cervical concerns. Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that relies on the healing balance of qi flow throughout the body.

Neck pain that travels from the back of the body through the neck into the head may indicate disruption of vital energy qi flow through the water yang or bladder channel. The water meridian resonates with cold. Cold sensations entering the water channel anywhere in the body, especially near the neck region, can disrupt the area. Acupuncture therapy to correct water yang disruption focuses on the rebalancing of this meridian. Dr. Oskardmay will choose acupuncture points along the water or associated meridians to improve stagnated qi along this vital meridian that courses the back into the neck and head areas. Additionally, she uses warmth and therapeutic deep tissue massage to break down muscular knots and adhesions in the back and shoulders to facilitate qi flow in these areas of musculoskeletal water channel qi flow that affect neck pain.

The body’s sides reflect the wood channel energy, and neck pain along the sides of the neck may indicate disruption of this vital channel. Wind affects the wood channel significantly, and a history of exposure to wind on the neck frequently precedes neck and shoulder pain along the wood channel. Dr. Oskardmay chooses relevant acupuncture points along the wood channel, shoulders, and upper back connected meridians to restore balancing qi flow and bring relief to neck pain. Cupping massage may be beneficial to patients suffering from neck pain associated with wood channel imbalance. Dr. Oskardmay performs this therapy along the shoulders and back, which helps reduce neck pain on many levels.

Pain that originates on the neck’s front side may indicate stagnation in the metal channel that travels through this anterior neck aspect. Metal channel stagnation may come about from tightness in the neck muscles and anterior shoulder muscles that impair adequate respiration. Additional contributing factors include anterior head carriage caused by chronic downward head inclination from looking down at one’s phone, computer, or other causes. Using acupuncture points along the metal channel and associated meridians, Dr. Oskardmay reduces tight stagnation and relax factors inhibiting channel movement. Dr. Oskardmay may use adjustment techniques to assist with vertebral and shoulder movement, and she will provide patients easy to do, beneficial exercises to help at home.

Imbalance in the fire channel contributes to neck pain in the back lateral side of the neck, whereas earth channel stagnation can make front mid-neck pain worse. Dr. Oskardmay employs acupuncture techniques along specific involved channels to restore meridian integrity in these channels and help neck pain in these areas. Additionally, she will recommend particular food and nutrition changes with other lifestyle changes to improve sleep and daily movements to relieve neck pain caused by these channels.

Acupuncture provides a refreshingly new, understandable way to understand and treat neck pain. As a licensed acupuncturist providing neck pain care to the Triangle since 1995, she can help you. For Triangle acupuncture, call us today at (919) 929-1400, email us at schedule@acudocnc.com , or visit us online at acudocnc.com 24 hours a day.

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