Shoulder & Neck Pain

Ouch!  Our neck and shoulder area can be a major source of pain.  Repetitive strain from computer work, whiplash from an accident, degenerative disk disease or arthritis, and bursitis can all be culprits.

Symptoms can range, but may include:

  • Sharp or dull pain
  • neck-and-shoulder-painHeadaches
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Swelling
  • Weakness

Help for Neck & Shoulder Pain:

  • Rest
  • Heat (after the first week)
  • Pain management
  • Acupuncture, Acupressure
  • Tui Na, Massage
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching (see youtube video)

The Research

From: Dakota, M (2011). To read full story click here: Acupuncture for Neck & Shoulder Pain.

“Neck and Shoulder Pain

Acupuncture provides long-term relief for neck and shoulder pain, according to a Norwegian study that compared acupuncture with traditional treatment for female office workers who complained of chronic neck and shoulder pain. Seventy percent of the women who received acupuncture for their pain reported improvement. Only half as many women receiving a sham treatment, which involved inserting needles at slightly incorrect points, reported improvement, according to a 2004 study at the University of Oslo published in the journal “Pain.” Three years after discontinuing treatment, the women who had received acupuncture said the neck pain was half as severe as before treatment. The women who had received the sham treatment reported after three years that their pain had worsened.”

 “Neck Pain Study

Cancer patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center also found acupuncture more effective than physical therapy, analgesics or anti-inflammatory medicine for neck pain. Half of the patients were treated for four weeks with acupuncture and the other half with traditional medical treatment as prescribed by their doctors. Pain reduction was reported more often by the acupuncture patients than those who received traditional care, according to the researchers who reported their findings in a 2010 issue of the “Journal of Clinical Oncology.””

To Read Full Research Publication, Pfister.Pain_.Neck_.Acu

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