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How to treat Neck Pain by Yourself at Home

Neck Pain

How to treat Neck Pain by Yourself

Neck pain is one of the most annoying disorders people in the united states suffer. Unfortunately, 20% to 70% of adults have experienced neck pain during their daily activities.

In this blog, I would like to introduce three acupuncture points that can help release some pain instantly.  

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What is Acupuncture Points?

Acupuncture is an oriental medicine that uses acupuncture needles on specific spots in the body and helps balance the body and increase its healing process.
Acupuncture points are everywhere, like more than 365 points in the body.
Each point connects to the other like dots. Acupuncture points are like the station, and the meridians are like railroads. Qi or energy is like the train.
If you don’t have any problem, the train is running all the time, 24/7.
However, if you are in pain, the train is stuck somewhere in the meridian called Qi Stagnation, causing pain.

What Causes Neck Pain?

There are two parts of the neck: the trapezius muscle and the Sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM).
When you want to improve your neck pain, you have to release both muscles simultaneously.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the right side of the neck is the reflection point of stress, and the left is the digestion reflection. These are related to the autonomic nervous systems in the human body.

What are the functions of the autonomic nervous system?

First, sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves arise from the spinal cord segments.  

The sympathetic nervous system prepares for activity.  

  • Provide more glucose
  • Increases the heart rate
  • Dilates the pupils
  • Prevents activities for digestive systems

On the other hand, the parasympathetic nervous system conserves body energy.

  • Increase gut motility
  • Stimulate digestion
  • Slow down the heart rate

A lot of parasympathetic nerves arise from the brainstem and the spine.  

The Vagus Nerve is one of the significant parasympathetic nerves.  

It ritually targets most organs and tissues and carries information like pain and temperature from the throat, inner and outer ear, and near the back of the head.  

It also receives information from the internal organ in the neck, chest, and abdomen.

And it controls muscles in the throat that function for speaking and swallowing.  

  • Tightening the airways
  • Slowing down the heart rate
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Dilate intestinal blood flow

Thus, vagus nerves are easily affected by digestion or stress.  

For example, when you are stressed out, anxious, or depressed, your vagus nerves get irritated, causing digestive problems such as stomach upset, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, or gas. 

As I said, the vagus nerve carries 75% of parasympathetic nervous function. 

It travels from our brainstem to the intestines, including other organs and glands.  

The Vagus nerve runs right behind the Sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) and right in front of the scalenes muscles in the neck.  

In addition, the spinal accessory nerve also goes to the SCM and upper trap muscles. Once it is irritated, it can cause muscle tightness.

Neck muscle tightness which is irritated by vagus nerves.

Which Acupuncture points ease Neck Pain?

There are three acupuncture points called LV3, ST43 & SJ5.  

Lv3 is one of the most important acupuncture points to release the right side of the neck pain from stress. It is between the big and 2nd toe, and you can find the most tender spot.

ST43 is essential to release the left side of the neck pain from digestive issues like stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and gas. It is between the 3rd and 4th toes and the most tender spot.

SJ5 is a valuable acupressure point to release the SCM muscles. SCM is the neck muscle on the side, which is 2 inches or three-finger away from the wrist.

How to massage the Acupuncture points?

  1. You can press and hold each acupressure point for 30 seconds.
  2. Move your neck to the right to the left, up and down.
  3. Repeat the same thing three more times.

You should start to feel loosening up neck pain. Please try these acupressure massages daily to release your neck pain.

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Acupuncture points are great tools to release your neck pain. The good news is that it’s free. You can take care of it by yourself whenever you want. At desk work, on the couch, and even before you go to bed. It is either you do it or not. If you still have an issue with your neck, you can call us at (972) 777-0836 or request Free Initial Consolation at our clinic in Plano, TX. I hope this helps and see you next time. Sayonara!



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