Neck Pain

Whether we experience a great deal of stress, sit in front of computer for too long, or wake up with pain realizing we slept funny; we have all suffered from neck pain at some point in our lives.  Despite the reason, I think we all can agree that neck pain is a real inconvenience.  So, what do we do to remedy the situation: take ibuprofen, change the ergonomics of our work station, wish away and take measures to alleviate stress, and change our sleeping position….perhaps acupuncture?  Well if you are interested in reducing your neck pain- read on.  This article, written by an acupuncturist in Philadelphia, discusses the overwhelming efficacy of acupuncture and herbs in relieving neck pain, reducing inflammation, and increasing range of motion.How many women out there have experienced a painful period before? I am sure quite a few of us can empathize, as when its that time of the month comes around, and our low backs or lower abdominal areas begins to ache and cramp? This condition, dysmenorrhea can be classified as primary, (cramping caused by contractions in the uterus,) or secondary (caused by a multitude of medical conditions- to name a few: fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, or an IUD.) What is the solution- traditionally Western Medical Doctors will suggest over the counter pain medications, or prescribe Antispasmodics, Prostaglandin Inhibitors, Analgesics, birth control pills, or an IUD.

There is an alternative: acupuncture with electrical stimulation.  As you will see from this article featured in “Natural Standard,” a study was conducted with the use of electrical stimulation on two acupuncture points: Large Intestine 4 (LI4) and Spleen 6 (Sp6), (two points that are traditionally used to help regulate the menstrual cycle and stop pain.) Electrical Stimulation is thought to release pain chemicals from the brain to help alleviate pain. The study indicated that the group who received electrical stimulation at both LI4 and Sp6 after 8 weeks of treatment reduced pain scores compared to the control group.

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