Stress, strain, trauma, soft tissue injury, posture or structure issues, and overuse are the most common sources of neck and or shoulder pain. With so many different treatment options in modern health care today, how does one know which therapy will be most strategic and cost-effective? What differs acupuncture from other therapies?
Acupuncture is an ancient therapy that is designed to improve overall wellness. Studies have proven the efficacy of acupuncture for commonly providing pain relief, strengthening muscles, improving mobility and general function. Acupuncture has the ability to reduce inflammation by signaling the release of anti-inflammatory chemicals that can reduce pain, swelling and calm down unnecessary immune reactions.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the diagnosis of the individual involves the health of the mind and body. TCM treatments are effective because the philosophy of Chinese Medicine addresses the root of the problem as well as the branch symptoms. TCM also focuses on meridian systems and energy balancing methods which are most often incorporated into acupuncture treatments. Since our body is integrated by a series of channels, the location of pain and stiff muscles may be a result of a blockage in the meridian. Locating key points will release any obstruction of energy flow to immediately promote the healing process. TCM often diagnosis’ emotional and external factors as elements that may be responsible for contributing to pain production.