Neck & Shoulder Pain
What are the common symptoms and causes?
Neck and shoulder pain are more common than you think, it is usually due to sprain and strain of the local soft tissues. Individuals may feel stiffness, limited range of motion, muscle spasms and headache overtime. Sometimes, shooting sensation and numbness can be felt on one of both side of arms due to pinched nerve.
Some severe cases involve:
Whiplashes due to car accidents mostly, soft tissues tear due to sudden great force.
Rotator cuff tear, likely due to repetitive use, and sometimes aging as well, intense pain and weakened upper armor simultaneously.
Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis, caused by the thickening of shoulder capsule, adhesions then develop with less synovial fluid, more common for female over 40.
Cervical spondylosis, due to aging, spine vertebras become stiffer and closer to one another, the lining of joints are then altered, stiffness and pain are common for people over 60.
Herniated disc, the soft inner portion of the disc protrudes out of the exterior portion, and then compress the local tissues and nerves. Burning pain, numbness and tingling are often common.
How does acupuncture help treat it?
Acupuncture is quite effective for neck and shoulder pain, needles are inserted distally and locally to alleviate local swelling and inflammation, trigger release of endorphin(natural body pain killer), adjust local tension between soft tissues and connective tissues and promote better energy and blood circulation for a better recover speed.
We are very proud to be one of few acupuncture clinics in GTA focusing on treating neck/shoulder tensions with advanced micro-acupuncture technique. Whether it's from spinal issues and or bad posture, almost everyone will see improvement immediately after the treatment sessions, roughly more than 80% of individuals will be pain free and only need to maintain few times a year, some with proper posture training do not require further treatments.