Have you ever woken up and felt a sharp stabbing neck pain?

You know, the kind you get when you sleep in an odd position and wake up with a “crick”? I hear from my patients very often “I woke up this morning with such pain, and now I can’t turn my head to the right at all” or “I sneezed earlier and thought I was going to cry.”

At some point in our lives, each of us will most likely experience some type of neck pain. Neck pain is a common complaint. Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture, whether it’s leaning over your computer or hunching over your workbench. Osteoarthritis also is a common cause of neck pain.

What’ the remedy? Wait it out? Heating pad? Ibuprofen? See a Doctor?

Most health care providers will hand you a prescription NSAID (Non -Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Agents) or stronger muscle relaxants like Carisoprodol (Soma). In addition to sedation, the most common side effects associated with muscle relaxants include weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and dry mouth. In some cases there is a risk of abuse and addiction.

Acupuncture may be the best option to treat your neck pain. Its effectiveness is time tested, having been around for more than two thousand years. It’s also safe and cost effective.

The US National Institute of Health (NIH) documented and publicized Acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions, including neck and back pain.

How does it work?

An effect brought about by Acupuncture is the release of Beta-endorphin and Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) from the pituitary gland into the bloodstream and cerebrospinal fluid.
The endorphins produce system-wide pain relief, remote from the area where acupuncture needle was inserted. ACTH, in-turn, activates the adrenal gland to release cortisol into the bloodstream.
Cortisol is a naturally occurring steroid substance that has anti-inflammatory properties.

When it comes to trying Acupuncture, you have nothing to lose. With a licensed Acupuncturist, the risks are almost nonexistent and are far outweighed by potential benefits.