It has been said before, but bears repeating: we are living in stressful times. The social and economic upheaval brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is a perfect storm of extraordinary stressors thrust upon all of us in one way or another. For many, stress takes a physical toll on neck muscles: as you tense up, the tightness in your neck muscles clench and contribute to neck pain. Chronic neck pain has a trickle-down effect that can cause irritability, fatigue and even depression, which then causes even more stress. Luckily, acupuncture can be beneficial in alleviating neck pain and breaking this vicious cycle.
How Acupuncture Is Applied for Neck Pain and Stiffness
In most cases, the acupuncturist starts by asking about the patient’s symptoms, diet, and daily routine. During a typical acupuncture session, needles are placed on the upper thoracic parts of the back and also the heels and hands, which are equipped with many pain trigger points. Depending on the treatment method, the patient might be asked to lie on the stomach or back, or to sit in a reclined position. Most treatment sessions last between 15 and 30 minutes and relaxing music may be played to promote a calm and soothing environment. After the treatment is complete, the thin needles are removed and disposed.
The recommended duration and frequency of acupuncture sessions may depend on how long your neck pain and stiffness have already lasted, as well as the severity of symptoms. Ultimately, the decision is up to the patient as to whether the perceived benefits of the acupuncture treatments are worth continuing. Some health insurance plans cover acupuncture for treating chronic pain, but others do not.
Self-Care Routine is Key
A self-care routine that includes acupuncture can do a world of good for treating neck pain. Although it is common for a person to experience positive results after just a single treatment, a self-care regime of follow-up treatments is recommended for lasting results. Additionally, it is important to make time in your schedule to relax. On top the pandemic, many people still have work, family and social commitments that must be met. It is important to carve out time to read a good book, spend time with family and friends, and practice mindfulness or meditation.
As part of your self-care routine for neck pain, consider Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Founded by Steven Hoffman, a NJ-licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine,
Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine takes a holistic approach to natural healing. Our treatment begins with a thorough intake and evaluation, followed by a comprehensive diagnosis and customized treatment plan. We will help you thrive, not just survive! Schedule a complimentary consultation today!
Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!