Neck Pain and Acupuncture

Cervical Neck Pain

An Ancient Modality for Modern Pain

Everyone is familiar with the sensations of pain in their necks, upper back and shoulders to one degree of another.

For some, this can be a minor nuisance and for others it can be a debilitating event with major implications in their quality of life. For many people, neck pain can accompany headaches, dizziness and vision distortion.

Most people associate this pain as a local phenomenon involving muscles, fascia, blood flow and nerves. When the wisdom of East Asian medicine and acupuncture are applied to this cluster of symptoms, a deeper and broader perspective emerges.All the meridians (energy pathways) associated with the yang organs pass through the neck area.

Mapping of Acupuncture Points
Mapping of Acupuncture Points

These include the large intestine, small intestine, urinary bladder, gallbladder, stomach and the triple warmer (San Jiao).

When these energy pathways are taken into account, the existence of either acute or chronic neck pain take on a profound significance.

The tightness of the muscles of the neck limits and distorts the smooth and even flow of energy throughout these vital energy pathways.

Overtime, this energy impingement can lead to problems of the internal organs themselves. Therefore, it is essential to find ways to significantly reduce or even eliminate persistent neck pain in order to protect the health of the internal organs. It is also vital to not to become dependent on pharmaceutical drugs to relieve symptoms. Although the medications can provide symptomatic relief, they do not alter the muscle tightness and restriction of blood and energy flow through the neck area.

Everyday, it is important to have a period of deep neck and upper back relaxation.

The Doctor Riter’s Real-Ease is the perfect tool to help achieve this deep relaxation.

REAL-EaSE Neck Support
REAL-EaSE Neck Support


Contributing Author:

Dr. Richard Gold, MSTOM, L.Ac is a licensed acupuncturist and holds a Doctorate in Psychology. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1972 with a degree in World Religions and a  minor in pre-medicine. He graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1978 and since then has devoted his professional career to the study, practice, researching, teaching and publishing in the field of East Asian Medicine.