Acupuncture for Neck and Upper Back Pain

Treatment and Prevention

A common complaint of modern life is tension in the upper back and neck. This is largely caused by our sedentary lifestyles of working behind a desk.  Poor posture from leaning over a keyboard all day takes its toll on the neck muscles.  Due to the large number of nerves and blood vessels which travel through the neck, this can cause a wide array of secondary symptoms:

  • Tension headaches – muscular tension travels up the neck into the scalp causing pain
  • Dermatome pain – impingement of nerves in the neck causes pain along specific pathways, such as the last two fingers
  • Dizziness and feeling light-headed – disruption of the nerve and blood pathways to the brain

Stress is another common trigger as it causes us to raise and tense our shoulders without even realising.  This added tension triggers off neck pain due to the muscles becoming knotted. The Gallbladder channel runs through the upper back, neck and lateral sides of the head. As this organ is often affected by stress, this causes those muscle pathways to become blocked and tense.

Sudden Exposure to a cold wind, especially after exercise, can allow a wind-cold pathogen to enter the muscle layer and cause the muscle to seize up. This is how Acupuncture explains “catching a chill”.

woman rubbing her sore neck

How Dr. Steven uses Acupuncture as a Neck Pain Treatment

I use Acupuncture regularly as a natural neck pain treatment Melbourne residents can rely on.  Acupuncture is known to relieve muscular knots, which is why many unregistered professions are doing dry needling (which you should say no to, read why). After I diagnose the cause of your neck pain, whether it be due to injury, RSI or stress. I then work on using a combination of local and distal Acupuncture points to relieve the pain.  I treat muscular neck pain on a daily basis, and find it responds very well to Acupuncture.  If the neck pain is due to damage of the vertebrae or bone spurs, we can still ease and manage the condition quite well, but may not be able to completely remove the pain. Remember with a pre-existing injury the keys are management, maintenance and preventing further deterioration. Don’t think that because you have damage to your neck vertebrae you can’t still be active or see improvements, but you do need to accept that it requires management and changes to how you do your activities. I find that patient’s being complacent, ignoring the situation and wanting a quick fix does the greatest damage!

Preventing and Managing Neck Pain

  • Be mindful of your posture when sitting, try and keep your ears inline with your shoulders, don’t crane your neck forwards.
  • Don’t sit for extended periods without moving, get up regularly and walk around, moving your arms and shoulders to loosen up
  • Do some regular exercise and stretching to avoid building up tension in your neck
  • Avoid excess stress and stay hydrated as muscles need water to remain supple
  • If pain occurs after exposure to wind or cold, have a warm shower and use a wheat bag to warm the muscle tissue

“It is not just about treating illness, it is about prevention and protection of your health, which is your most precious commodity.”

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