Bethany Hauch, Lic Ac
Angela Corey, LMT

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Raleigh, NC 27616
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Acupuncture: Neck & Back Pain

Neck and back pain are two of the most common reasons people seek health care in this country and two of the most common conditions I see as an acupuncturist.  

The most common neck/back conditions that bring people to seek acupuncture include:

  • sprain - overstretching one or more of the ligaments in the neck/back
  • strain - a rip or tear in the muscle caused by sudden force; this can happen from an injury, poor posture, or improper lifting
  • herniated disc – a vertebral disc that bulges out from its position; this can be something that happens acutely (after an accident) or comes on after long periods of musculoskeletal imbalance and/or overuse
  • spinal stenosis – a chronic condition involving narrowing of the spinal cord canal
  • sciatica - pain that extends down into the buttocks and leg that stems from irritation of a larger nerve in the lumbar spine called the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can accompany sprains, strains, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and abnormal muscle contraction (spasms or muscle guarding)

Regardless of the cause of the neck or back pain, acupuncture treatments for such conditions involve several strategies for relieving the pain, including both local (at the site of the pain) and distal (away from the point of the pain) needle placement, trigger/motor point stimulation, and use of a gentle but effective electrical stimulation between adjacent points (called electroacupuncture).  Finally, I typically add cupping (the placement of suction cups along area of pain/tightness) to my neck/back pain treatments because it loosens tight, sore muscles quickly and effectively AND helps improve circulation to clear unnecessary inflammation.

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