Neck pain usually gets better within a few days or weeks, however some people may suffer from a stiff or painful neck more frequently as a result of sleeping in awkward positions, using a computer for extended periods of time or simply just bad posture. Anxiety and stress can also lead to tension in muscles which can be another factor contributing to ongoing neck or shoulder pain.
Treatment for both neck and shoulder pain can often, and usually are treated using painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, however these will not be as effective if used continually over a long time period. Additionally, if your neck and shoulder pain is caused by bad posture, stress or anxiety, painkillers will only mask the pain rather than getting to the cause of it. Acupuncture Treatment alongside other methods such as physiotherapy could be considered as a more effective treatment for chronic pain.
Acupuncture is a commonly used treatment for neck and shoulder pain. Research from The British Medical Acupuncture Society has shown that acupuncture appears to be a safe and effective method of treating chronic pain in the neck and shoulders, showing long term benefits to those who have treatment. It is an ideal treatment for those that spend long hours in front of a computer, therefore putting pressure on their neck and shoulders.
In addition, acupuncture can regulate levels of neurotransmitters and hormones such as serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine, GABA and neuropeptide, therefore altering the brains mood chemistry to help combat negative, stressful, or anxious states. Many patients who try acupuncture treatment report a drop in levels of stress and therefore acupuncture could be an alternative treatment to other stress or tension remedies.
To find out more regarding Dr Michael Curtin’s work in acupuncture, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email or arrange an initial consultation at one of his clinics in London, Bedford, Hitchin or St Albans.