Neck pain and tension is one of the most common problems in modern society. It is the most common cause of headaches and migraines and is right up there with back pain as causing the most day-to-day discomfort we experience today.
What Causes Neck Pain?
- Bad posture – we all spend so much time at a desk on the computer, or sitting there slumped over looking at our phones or tablet, it’s no wonder our posture is getting worse. All of these activities encourage the head forward. When our head is sitting forward of the centre-line it creates a lot of strain on the neck muscles to hold it in place. Our neck muscles are tensed all of the time to hold the weight and as a result become rock hard and tight. This happens for hours and hours every single day.
- Vertebrae problems – kids are growing up bent over forward looking at screens. Their cervical vertebrae are growing in this position (in other words their spines are growing into a head forward position). They are developing a structural spine problem they are never going to be able to correct and therefore will have neck pain and probably head aches and migraines their whole lives. Vertebrae can also be damaged due to falls or impact, which creates nerve pain (e.g. bulging discs).
- Stress – according to Chinese medicine high levels of stress make the liver ‘tight’ and when the liver is tight is makes the neck tight too. Too much daily stress means that almost everyone has liver function problems – which is also the reason why so many people have neck problems.
Acupuncture Treats Tight and Sore Necks
Acupuncture is a highly effective treatment for neck problems because is not only immediately restarts healing in the neck and shoulders where the needles are inserted, it also reprograms the central nervous system to kick start the body’s overall natural healing process to keep working on the problem and keep it good.
When we treat your neck we will usually treat your liver as well. If you are stressed and have liver function problems, you neck will never come good until your liver comes good. We use acupuncture Melbourne and Chinese herbs to relax your liver – and when the liver is relaxed so too is the neck and shoulders.