Acupuncture For Neck and Shoulder Stiffness-Orlando-Winter Park
Acupuncture can be a very effective solution when treating most neck and shoulder problems. Neck and shoulder muscle tension and stiffness are very common issues of people who work in an office, sitting in front of a computer and typing for extensive periods of time causes a lack of circulation in the tissue and fatigue of the muscles involved. Neck stiffness can be also aggravated by other common reasons associated with stress or structural damage which can be effectively treated with acupuncture.
At the top of your neck, just below the hairline, there is a important acupuncture point called Fengchi on the gallbladder meridian, which is known to be closely related to the eye. So, if you watch much tv, or are on the computer for a long period of time and continuously strain your eyes, tightness can develop in this area, and sometimes a tight nodules can form in the area, which we call knots. This area can also become quite tense with prolonged periods of thinking or mental concentration.
As a result, tightness at the top of the neck can influence the autonomic nervous system and prolonged period of tension can cause symptoms such as headache, lack of concentration, poor memory, insomnia and irritability.
Other common sites of muscle stiffness that can be treated with acupuncture include the large muscle between the neck and the shoulder joint (trapezius) and the muscles between the shoulder blades. Some psychologists believe that the amount of muscle tension in the upper trapezius reflects the emotional state of a person.
The region in between the shoulder blades is traditionally referred to as the heart reflex area in oriental medicine. In oriental medicine, the heart does not refer solely to the heart organ as in western medicine, but rather encompasses a system that includes the circulatory system and emotional state. According to Nan-jing , an ancient medical text written over 2000 years ago, the area between the shoulder blades reflects the emotional state, a theory which correlates to my clinical experience. Many of my patients who are under constant worry or anxiety develop tension in the left side of the spine between the scapula. The left shoulder blade can be considered to be a reflection of the cardiac sympathetic nervous system. Tension here indicates hyper-sympathetic activity and prolonged inhibition of the parasympathetic nervous system due to consistent mental and emotional stress.
As explained earlier, most neck and shoulder stiffness results from two factors: continuous mechanical strain/trauma and emotional stress. The treatment approach, then, must consider both aspects. In today’s stressful society, since most people have chronic parasympathetic inhibition and excess sympathetic activation (typical symptoms include: irritability, insomnia, cold hands/feet, digestive problems-constipation/loose stool, palpitations), we begin by balancing the nervous system. Relaxing the muscles and invigorate blood flow and oxygen to the affected area.
Acupuncture can relieve general tension, but more chronic, deep muscle tightness requires more direct stimulation. Needling stimulation is applied to the neck and shoulder muscles to further release muscle tightness. Low-frequency electric therapy treatment may also be utilized for certain cases. Followed by Tui-Na (Chinese Massage), and/or fire cupping.
Call today to see how acupuncture can help relieve your neck and shoulder pain. 321-662-4871. We service the residents of Orlando, Winter Park, Maitland, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary.