Acupuncture for Neck Pain
Acupuncture for Neck Pain in Boston - Johnston Family Acupuncture
Eliminate neck aches and pains with acupuncture.
For thousands of years, acupuncture has been used to treat aches and pains throughout the body. Acupuncture, can greatly improve neck pain and stiffness, and improve your range of motion. Johnston Family Acupuncture is a clinic that specializes in acupuncture for neck pain in Boston.
How does acupuncture help treat neck pain?
Acupuncture stimulates nerve endings near your spine to promote better blood flow and release natural painkillers produced by your brain.
The painkillers produced by your brain offer nearly immediate relief, while the increase in blood flow promotes long-term healing.
What can I expect during a session of acupuncture for my neck pain?
Your first acupuncture treatment, you should expect to talk in depth about your entire health history. Then a physical exam will be performed by checking your tongue, pulse, abdomen and necessary orthopedic tests. Following the diagnosis, we will prescribe and administer the treatment protocol that will work best for you.
Once the needles are inserted, calming music, dim lights and a heat lamp will keep you relaxed as you rest for about 30 minutes. At then end of the treatment, depending on your issues we might use other techniques such as cupping, moxa or nutritional guidelines to help on your pathway to wellness.
Will acupuncture cure my neck pain?
Some people are cured of their neck pain with acupuncture treatments, while others need regular visits. Depending on the cause of your neck pain, a personalized care plan will be formulated.
We have had great success treating pain caused by herniated discs, strained muscles, and chronic neck tension. The most common cause of neck pain we see is from overuse and poor posture from computer usage and we are here to help!
How often should I have acupuncture sessions for my neck pain?
During your initial course of therapy, we recommend weekly treatments to continue the effects of long term healing that acupuncture can have on your neck pain.
After your pain is gone or nearly gone, we recommend having an acupuncture session about once a month to maintain or continue to improve your pain level.
Should I wear any specific clothing during an acupuncture session?
Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes are best. After the needles are inserted, you will typically need to rest while the effects of the acupuncture take place, so it’s important that you are comfortable.
Does acupuncture hurt?
No, acupuncture is almost always painless! The most you may feel is a slight pinch as the needle is inserted. We try our best to make you comfortable during your session and some patients actually fall asleep during their session, then wake up refreshed with significantly less neck pain.
Does acupuncture have any negative side effects?
Acupuncture is generally deemed to be safe, regardless of your medical history or any medications you are taking for your neck pain. Prior to your first session, you will complete an intake form in which you’ll outline your medical history. We will then assess your needs and determine the best course of treatment.
After your session, you may experience bruising or soreness at the acupuncture sites, and those issues will typically resolve within a day or two.