Neck pain is a common presentation to a chiropractic office, with an annual prevalence of up to 50% and a re occurrence rate of 50-85% for as long as 5 years. A common theme we hear in our offices is “I have tried everything”, and we are often seen as a last resort, despite having excellent outcomes for neck pain, especially when using a multi-modal approach, such as acupuncture combined with chiropractic treatment (1).
Acupuncture is an excellent adjunct treatment to go along with the usual manual therapies that a chiropractor will use for the treatment of many presenting complaints including neck pain. Acupuncture has been shown to help with musculoskeletal pain in general through a number of different mechanisms such as pain gating theories, where the needles will stimulate chemical reactions within the nervous system to release neuropeptides to activate mid brain structures that controls the descending pain-relieving system. This descending system controls endorphins, serotonin and noradrenalin, some of your “feel good” and “relaxing” hormones within the body (2).
A 2016 Cochrane Review concluded that acupuncture is safe and can be beneficial for the management of chronic neck pain with or without radicular symptoms, predominantly for the short term (3).
What this means for you is that we can use acupuncture as an additional treatment for your neck pain to help reduce your immediate pain symptoms so that we are better able to get to the root cause!
So if you have neck pain, or know someone who does, why not come in and ask one of our Chiropractors how we can help.