Acupuncture for Neck Pain (Part 2)

In the previous article, I discussed a type of neck pain that is associated with repetitive motion of the forearms and hands, such as typing. In this article, I would like to touch on the neck pain that is felt mostly on the back of the neck, on the cervical spine, at the base of the skull, and in the surrounding areas.

A common cause for this type of neck pain is a whiplash injury. Blunt trauma to the spine damages connective tissues that support the integrity of the neck. When the injury is severe, it requires immediate medical attention and surgery.

When an accident does not cause such extensive structural damage but leaves the patient in pain nonetheless, acupuncture becomes very useful. I would typically find that the ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the neck are in a constant state of spasm due to the trauma. The pain level is often reduced by releasing these spasms.

In order to target the back of the neck, I frequently use a “distal” point on the triceps (on the back of the arm). This point is viewed as a sort of trigger point to release tension in the back of the neck. It is located on the long head of the triceps as shown in the illustration. After releasing the tension in this area, it becomes easier to treat the neck.

*Individual results may vary.