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Treatment of neck pain by Chinese and western acupuncture


Cervical Spondylosis and Spondylitis are the commonest disorders seen in acupuncture practice. These disorders can be mild and self-limiting in their course, or they may become chronic and give rise to progressive, degenerative changes. Generally, they are characterized by limitation of movement and the presence of pain which may be acute, sub-acute or chronic.  The pain is the symptom which bothers the patient most. Mild cases may be relieved within a short period with or without treatment, but the management of sub-acute and chronic cases is often unsatisfactory with heat, exercise, massage, manipulation and other methods of physical therapies.

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is more effective treatments for alleviation of neck pain compared to that in conventional medicine. Acupuncture is more controversial to most doctors in the west, being based on Chinese concept theory of wellness. Although Western Medicine attributes to a number of potential benefits, but some diseases, include neck problems, acupuncture can provides significant improvements in signs and symptoms of these disorders.

This disorder is labeled for lassitude not attributable to any recognized organic illness. It is often encountered in persons having anxiety neurosis and tension states with tiredness as the main symptom. Other associated symptoms are nervousness, irritability, anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches and sexual disorders.

The signs and symptoms of neck problems 

The main sign and symptoms of neck problems are pain and stiffness. However, various neck disorders can cause pain which is either located on sides or middle of the neck radiating to:
clicking and grating noises (crepitus).
dizziness on looking up or turning the head (sometimes blackouts).
excessive tiredness and sleep disturbance (insomnia)
excessive tiredness and sleep disturbance (insomnia).

The pain in the neck is also associated with:

movements of the neck to different direction and to the tension of neck muscles.
symptoms of numbness or tingling which are radiating down the arm to the fingers.
clicking and grating noises (crepitus).
dizziness on looking up or turning the head (sometimes blackouts).

What are the causes of neck pain?
Every day bad posture such as: bending over a desk, reading or watching TV for hours or the level of computer monitor too high or too low, uncomfortable sleeping position or abnormal twisting
The musclo-skeletal causes: these may also arise from abnormalities in the soft tissues—the muscles, ligaments, and nerves—as well as in bones and joints of the spine. Severe neck injuries, such as traumatic accidents or falls, whiplash, blood vessel injury, and even paralysis can lead to severe neck pain.
Other causes of neck pain are: fibromyalgia, Cervical arthritis (spondylosis or spondylitis), ruptured disk, osteoporosis of cervical spines, Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) and Less common causes include tumours, infections (osteomyelitis or abscess), or congenital abnormalities of the vertebrae.