Muscle Tension & Pain
The most common area for people to carry stress is in the shoulders, neck and upper back.
Acupuncture can be a very effective solution when treating most neck and shoulder problems.
Neck and shoulder muscle tension and stiffness are very common concerns, especially of people who work in an office. Sitting in front of a computer and typing for extensive periods of time causes a lack of circulation in the tissue and fatigue of the muscles involved. As a result, tightness at the top of the neck can influence autonomic nervous functioning and prolonged period of tension can cause a various symptoms such as headache, lack of concentration, poor memory, insomnia or irritability.
In an acupuncture treatment we look for and identify patterns of muscular tension, as well as patterns that correspond to acupuncture channel theory. By identifying these patterns in an individual, we are able to treat that person most effectively for specific pain(s). When we identify a muscular tension pattern, we use the acupuncture needles to release those areas of tension. We call these tight tender points "ashi" points or trigger points. In addition, we treat the "root" condition. A pattern of illness or pain is usually associated with a larger pattern in the body. We treat the "root" by using acupuncture points located on the arms and legs.
Neck stiffness can be also aggravated by other common reasons such as accidents, arthritis, and poor posture. Many of the patterns underlying these problems can be effectively treated with acupuncture.
Whiplash injury is the most common injury suffered from a motor vehicle accident. Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissue of the neck, also referred to as neck sprain or neck strain. It is often caused by a sudden forceful movement of the neck, but with no direct contact to the neck. It may include injury to the joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots. Acupuncture is one possible treatment for this type of injury.
Hyperextension of the neck upon impact results in a number of capillaries and tissue fibres being broken, which, if left alone, can cause scar tissue development. In many cases, abnormalities can not be viewed upon x-ray and there is no visible injury. As a result, the seriousness of an injury is often initially overlooked.
In addition to the use of IMS (intramuscular stimulation), which can aid in releasing sore and tight trigger points which have restricted your range of motion, the application of traditional acupuncture can be beneficial in resorting circulation, eliminating inflammation and speed the healing process - shortening your recovery time and reducing your pain.
Treatment according to TCM:
As with any injury type disorder, treatment expands past the 'main meridians' and utilizes other aspects of the meridians, namely the musculo-tendino meridians. Specific muscle groups correspond the specific meridians and then to specific points which control these areas of the body. Using these zones, the body is divided into six distinct segments - 3 of these zones are on the head, neck, back, and upper shoulders (yangming, shaoyang, and taiyang). Symptoms manifest in specific ways when there are lesions or injury to a musculo-tendinous meridian zone. Yangming Type (Unable to turn the neck), Shaoyang type (Uncomfortably holding the neck with pulling sensation when turning the neck) and Taiyang type (tightness and spasm of the muscles in the neck) which is very important for choosing acupoints during the treatment.
Frozen shoulder, otherwise known as adhesive capsulitis, occurs mainly in people who have recently injured their shoulder but can occur without any specific cause. Initially, the patient would feel his shoulder to feel very sore and is easily aggravated with sudden movements. Eventually, pain will reduce and the shoulder will increasingly begin to 'freeze' or hard to move. Acupuncture can effectively eliminate shoulder pain and help restore proper range of motion. According to studies, using acupuncture and range of motion exercises increase shoulder movement by 40-90%.
Sarah Jenkins, R.Ac, Dip.TCM - Acupuncture in Kelowna -www.acupunctureinkelowna.com
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