Neck pain or stiffness can be caused by several different conditions, lifestyle factors or traumas, and can occur in the muscle, nerves, discs and cervical spine. Some conditions related to neck pain include fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, infection, herniated cervical disc, or spine-related cancer. Certain lifestyle factors such as poor posture and awkward sleeping positions can also contribute to neck pain, especially minor strain. Traumas can lead to certain neck issues as well, such as whiplash or bone fracture.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for neck pain.
The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.
The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Neck Pain
Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for neck pain that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.
The following Tam Healing/Tong Ren Therapy Protocols May Be Used With Neck Pain
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating neck pain. For a complete list from our store with more details see our neck pain formula section.
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)
Useful for many types of traumatic injuries, broken bones, sprains, fractures, etc. anywhere in the body. Also useful for fixed abdominal masses, ulcerations, sciatica, arthritis, pelvic inflammatory disease and angina among others.
In the case of traumatic injury the tongue and pulse may hold less clinical significance, for other conditions the Pulse may be wiry and the Tongue may be darker or show darkness in specific areas.