Natural Neck Pain Treatment
If you’re suffering with a sore neck – chances are you’re looking at options for neck pain treatment or neck pain relief at the very least!
Why is my neck sore?
- Muscle strains
- Worn joints
- Nerve compression
- Injuries – whiplash injury
- Diseases – for example – rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis or cancer.
- Seek medical care if you experience numbness or loss of strength in your hands / arms. If you have shooting pain referring into your shoulder or down your arm.
Is there anything I can do?
Once you’ve checked that it’s nothing serious. It’s time to look at your options for neck pain treatment and neck pain relief.
The natural approach to Neck Pain Treatment available at Austin Therapies – The London Road Natural Health Clinic in Belmont – Brisbane involves a distillation and fusion of eastern and western treatment methodologies.
This ensures we can provide you with a combination of the best modern science has to offer, while simultaneously drawing on the ancient traditions upon which it is based.
We believe that too often the benefits of combining modern medicine with natural healthcare is often overlooked. Resulting in a confusing and often unnecessary learning curve for patients.
Subsequently we have found that working in partnership with Western medical practitioners and practices provides us with the best possible treatment regimen – one that takes into account the understanding that the only individual who has all of the answers is you.
It’s our responsibility as healthcare professionals to know what questions to ask, and when, in order to ascertain the root cause of your condition and how to most effectively treat it. When to refer and when to request further testing.
Along the way we will support your active participation in your treatment through communicating in ordinary everyday language about what we are doing and why.
How can I prevent or maintain my neck once I’ve had natural Neck Pain Treatment?
- Use good posture – when standing / sitting, make sure your shoulders are in a straight line with your hips and your head is directly over your shoulders
- Take frequent breaks – stretch your neck and shoulders – move around
- Make sure your desk / chair / computer are set up correctly
- Avoid tucking the phone between your ear and your shoulder
- Avoid carrying heavy bags over one shoulder – use a back pack, so the weight is evenly distributed
- Sleep in a good position – with head and neck aligned with your body. Try sleeping on your back with pillow under your knees – this will flatten your spinal muscles
The Traditional Chinese Medicine view point … on Natural Neck Pain Treatment …
Neck pain relief is highly researched using acupuncture, please see research below in the references section.
How does acupuncture work for neck pain?
Acupuncture stimulates the body to release its own natural pain killers. It also stimulates the release of molecules associated with tissue healing and disease resolution.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine we categorize neck pain according to the cause and character of the symptoms.
- Invasion of cold and wind
- Stagnation of Qi and / or Stagnation of Blood
What does this mean?
As an example – the neck area is exposed to “invasion of cold and wind” from air-conditioning at work or a cold fan at night. Outside the neck is the most likely area to be exposed to general cold and wind. If this is the case – we then treat the neck pain / tight muscles and remove the underlying “wind and cold” lodged in the area.
This may present as a “dull ache” which we see as a “stagnation of qi” in the area or “sharp pain” which we see as a “stagnation of blood” in the area. Here we move the “qi and / or blood stagnation” in the neck and also throughout the whole body.
Tight sub-occipital, trapezius and levator scapula muscles that are part of many neck disorders can be considered as Gall Bladder Channel symptoms, often brought on by stress, poor posture – leaning over a computer or hunching over a work bench, a poor sleeping position with uncomfortable pillow.
Without getting too complicated – depending on exactly where the neck pain is and which muscles are tight and sore, we can determine which Organ Channels are also involved. For example – through the neck and upper back area we have the Gall Bladder, Bladder and Small Intestine Channels. Therefore – we would also use distal points on the related channel to help clear the stagnation (dull or sharp pain) as well as treating the local area (your actual neck pain).
While taking a full case history, we gather information that gives us a picture of what’s going on in your whole body and therefore a “picture” of what is at the base of your chronic pain.
We then combine Western medical diagnostic information with our Traditional Chinese Medicine investigations and diagnosis. In this way – we’re able to treat the root causes of your neck condition, in a holistic way as well as providing neck pain relief and healing.
Natural health neck pain treatment at Austin Therapies also involves a full examination looking at range of motion and presenting pain.
Remedial Massage Therapy is an integral part of this examination and treatment too.
I’d love to have the opportunity to give you more information and discuss treatment for your specific condition or answer any burning questions that you may have.
Please call Sally on 0421 411 508 , send an email form out Austin Therapies website or follow me on Face Book page at Austin Therapies – The London Road Natural Health Clinic – Belmont, Brisbane.
Close to the Bone by David Legge (1997)
The Acupuncture Evidence Project – by John McDonald & Stephen Janz (2017)
- van der Velde G, Yu H, Paulden M, Cote P, Varatharajan S, Shearer HM, et al. Which interventions are costeffective for the management of whiplash-associated and neck pain-associated disorders? A systematic review of the health economic literature by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration. Spine J. 2015 Nov 26.
- Trinh K, Graham N, Irnich D, Cameron ID, Forget M. Acupuncture for neck disorders. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016(5):Cd004870.