Acupuncture for Neck Pain

Dr. Jones uses the Gua Sha soft tissue technique, in addition to Acupuncture, to treat the fascia that lies between the skin and the muscle.

Almost everyone experiences neck pain at some point in their life. With the widespread use of computers and smart phones, poor posture leading to neck pain is becoming epidemic.  Trauma from car wrecks or even holding the phone in a certain position too long may do enormous damage to the neck and lead to serious neck pain.  The stress of modern life is another common cause of neck pain.  When we face stress and are unable to process it, the neck and the back automatically tighten.  Usually, both posture and stress, as well as a history of past traumas that went unresolved and led to trophic tissue changes, are the most common underlying problems from which neck pain arises.

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The importance of Range of Motion testing

Poor posture and neck tension lead to other conditions as well, such as Migraines and TMJ Pain. When a patient presents with neck pain, migraines, or TMJ pain, I always check for range of motion issues. Most people with neck pain, have tight Trapezius muscles (upper, middle and lower) on both sides, the bilateral muscles that stretch from the occiput of the head, all the way to the shoulders and below to the mid back spine. However, other neck muscles are often implicated too. For example, when a person experiences pain upon lateral rotation to the side of the pain, it is a strong indication that the Levator Scapula muscle is involved. When someone has limited extension and when the head fails to extend upon opening of the jaw, it is a good indication that both the Levator Scapula and the Semispinalis Capitis are inhibited, and in need of treatment. TMJ patients frequently experienced such inhibition that requires treatment.

Prognosis for Neck Pain with Acupuncture

In other wise healthy people, acute neck pain can usually be fully resolved with 1 to 2 treatments, especially if the symptoms have only lasted a few days, before tissue changes have occurred. To address tissue changes, Dr. Jones uses the Gua Sha soft tissue technique, in addition to Acupuncture, to treat the fascia that lies between the skin and the muscle. Patients who follow recommendations, including prescribed stretches may avoid needing to return for care for a long time. However, patients who do not follow recommendations (see below) or who have experienced pain for six months or longer, usually require six to twelve visits to find maximum relief and avoid a return of pain. Chronic neck pain patients may require desensitization via more superficial needling and an initial focus on the calming of the sympathetic nervous system. For these patients, Dr. Jones has found the Alpha Stim, a needleless medical device that uses mild current that can penetrate the skin, to be quite effective in the early stage of treatment for chronic neck pain. Regardless of whether the patient suffers from acute or chronic neck pain, the patient enjoys an oasis from their stress via the relaxing effect of a nap with acupuncture, along with the pain relieving, and return of muscular function effects.

Office worker with neck pain

Recommendations

There are additional things a patient can do to promote recovery, including recommended stretches and simple posture exercises. Weightlifters for example, can benefit by placing their tongue against the roof of their mouths as they lift and put pressure on their neck with movements such as Overhead Press. This simple movement activates key neck muscles that can protect the neck from injury. Supplements like Magnesium and stress management techniques such as Primordial Sound Meditation can also play a vital role in relieving neck pain and preventing relapse.

Is acupuncture in neck safe?

For back and neck pain, acupuncture is safe as long as sterile needles, such as single-use disposables, are used by a trained practitioner. But skip it for conditions other than pain; there's no conclusive evidence that it will help.

How does acupuncture help neck pain?

Acupuncture involves the placement of thin needles in the skin at specific points on the body, which helps balance the natural flow of energy (qi) through normal pathways (meridians). Chronic neck pain and stiffness are common reasons for acupuncture treatments to be sought.

How Acupuncture Is Applied for Neck Pain and Stiffness?

Acupuncture treatments can vary widely based on the practitioner’s methods and treatment strategy. In most cases, the acupuncturist starts by asking about the patient’s symptoms, diet, and daily routine, which may give clues about the most effective points on the body to place the needles.

Testimonial

This letter is to thank you so much for the acupuncture treatments.  As you know, the constant pain I had been experiencing was emitting from the back area, somewhere near the top of the shoulder blade.  Lifting my head or turning it to the right caused severe pain.  Sometimes the pain radiated down into my right arm.  Also, the fingers on my right hand were numb.  When I first came to you, I had already been to physical therapy for my neck and shoulder pain.  The physical therapy, which included ice packs, heat, traction and manual manipulation, only alleviated the pain somewhat and for a very short period.   I had also had chiropractic treatments, which didn't help at all. 

Before seeing you, I had never had acupuncture before, but was in such pain that I was willing to try anything.  After your first treatment, I felt better.  After the second, I had substantial relief.  By the third treatment, the pain was nearly gone.  And by the fourth treatment, I felt like I was back to normal.   

I'm grateful for your caring, patient manner and kindness.  You are a very dear man.  Thank you very much.   

Sincerely,  

Susan Allison

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Bijoux Eze
Bijoux Eze
04:03 02 Oct 21
Amazing experience!!! Lasting results. Couldn’t be happier with the customer service, the knowledge, and the treatment.... Would definitely recommend.read more
Chloe Asbell
Chloe Asbell
18:21 26 Aug 21
I was in pain for a year and after one session I definitely feel a noticeable improvement in my neck and back pain... associated with TMJ!read more
Jaye Marie Spangler
Jaye Marie Spangler
14:37 20 Aug 21
5 stars all around. Dr. Jones is great at listening, at assessing, at treating, and is just a pleasure to be around. I... also like how he keeps up to date on current research in the medical and acupuncture world. Really happy that my husband and I found Dr. Jones.read more
Sudi H
Sudi H
02:54 20 Aug 21
I had no idea what acupuncture could do and was not sure if it would be any help at all. I had to deal with back pain... for over four years. I went for Epidural shots, some other shots, radiofrequency ablation which was extremely painful , physical therapy, and still nothing helped. I was in pain every day by the time I finished work and spent the rest of the day (and night) on the sofa. I quit going to the gym because I just could not handle the pain and did not go out much at all. Doctor Jones saved my life! I felt a big difference from the very first visit but I could not believe it. I thought it was just temporary relief and the pain will be back soon! It was more like a miracle. It's been two months now that I keep going just to make sure that the pain won't ever come back! I go only once a week now and will cut back more later on. He helped me in many ways other than just acupuncture. He gave me exercises that also helped with my lower back and tips on almost any health question that I had in regards to how handle my back. His bed manners are impeccable, and he has a heart made of gold. I started going back to the gym about four weeks ago and already lost five pounds. I feel like I am a human again and can live a full life. : ) I can't thank Dr. Jones enough, he gave me a new life when I almost totally lost hope. Go see him first before you throw your money on physical therapy and expensive surgeries. Do YOURSELF a favor. I would recommend him to anyone who complains about a chronic pain or anything else for the rest of my life. Thank you, Dr. Jones! Thank you, thank you, thank you!read more
Adam Girardot
Adam Girardot
23:05 13 Jul 21
Dr. Jones is a great doctor - very knowledgeable in TCM, meditation and holistic modalities. I originally came for... digestive issues, but have got help with multiple issues over the few months I've been coming. I recently had TMJ pain for weeks that he was able to relieve after just one session. Has great bedside manners, will chat or be quiet and peaceful, whichever you're in the mood for. Thanks Doc!read more
Tiago Duarte
Tiago Duarte
17:49 24 Apr 21
I had a bad elbow and Dr. Jones did a really good job. I felt very safe being his patient.Thank you Dr.
Ashley Murray
Ashley Murray
04:44 18 Apr 21
Dr. David at Atlanta Restorative Acupuncture is great! He’s very knowledgeable about the various trigger points within... the body to help alleviate pain and discomfort. He made my problem shoulder feel brand new!read more
HAIRCCULTURE TV Aries Porter
HAIRCCULTURE TV Aries Porter
13:48 06 Apr 21
My experience with Dr Jones was nothing short of a miracle. I had never had Accupuncture before but had done my... research and knew it would help my knee pain. My 12 sessions were therapeutic and healing . My knee pain has reduced significantly and my emotional state of mind has blossomed. The ambiance is quiet, clean and relaxing. Dr Jones is thorough, thoughtful, and an expert in this field. I highly recommend him and the art of Accupuncture to anyone with pain, emotional baggage or over sensitivity in general. Thanks Doc!read more
Lindsey Wright
Lindsey Wright
16:12 24 Mar 21
What a great experience! In just 6 sessions Dr. David Jones was able to help me release a lot of stored trauma and my... sleep improved significantly!read more
Jamel Griffin
Jamel Griffin
01:19 10 Feb 21
Dr. Jones was amazing!!! He is thorough, thoughtful, and professional. I left feeling refreshed, relaxed, and... invigorated. I will definitely be visiting his practice again in the future. Whether your having acupuncture for the first time or have had it many times before....treat yourself to a visit with Dr. Jones!read more
Tara V Robinson
Tara V Robinson
02:22 08 Feb 21
OMG, Dr. Jones is AWESOME! He thorough, attentive and patient. He treats you in accordance to your needs. He makes you... feel warm and welcomed. He is Atlanta's best kept secret.read more
Carl Crespi
Carl Crespi
13:22 19 Dec 20
Dr Jones treated me for a pinched nerve and torn rotator cuff. He is a great educator, and explained how the muscles... and nerves work within the body. I experienced improvements after each visit, and now am exercising my shoulder without any pain or limitations. I expect a 100% recovery thanks to Dr Jones.read more
Zuheiry Christopher
Zuheiry Christopher
23:41 18 Dec 20
I came to see Dr. Jones a day after my carpal tunnel surgery was cancelled as an alternative to avoid surgery. It has... been the best decision of my life. On my first session I immediately felt relieved, no pain, numbness or tingling. I have been seeing Dr. Jones for 8 weeks and my carpal tunnel symptoms are long gone. Dr. Jones is very passionate at what he does a true professional, empathetic and a great doctor. I’m happy I found him and the relief he has provided me for my condition.read more
Alfons Dovana
Alfons Dovana
22:22 30 Nov 20
I came in to see Dr. David for knee pain and digestion issues. I was very shocked at how fast I saw improvements after... 2 treatments. His office was very relaxing and I was very comfortable during both treatments. I did not feel the needles and I look forward to going back for more treatments.read more
Corey McIntosh
Corey McIntosh
19:58 30 Nov 20
Thanks to Dr. Jones' help, I'm smoke-free! (13 weeks, today). I stopped August 31st. In the past, I've tried... everything. Nicotine patches...nicotine gum...cold turkey...hypnotherapy. But the acupuncture, combined with meditation really helped me. Seems like maybe it's going to "stick" this time. Thank you for your help, Dr. Jones!read more
n i
n i
03:29 03 Nov 20
David Blake Jones is, and has been, invaluable to me for his treatment of my severe neck pain, TMJ, anxiety, and... IBS.One of a team of specialists working with me to counteract the effects of these syndromes and problems I have been experiencing for about five years, within months he greatly reduced the frequency of my former daily panic and anxiety attacks to almost nil; the "brain fog" has subsided, and the incidents of IBS have lessened. My neck pain has improved dramatically, as well as the TMJ.David has a great "bedside manner," as he takes the time needed to listen to my concerns and physical complaints, and is willing to try various techniques to alleviate pain and bring me back to a healthful state. He suggests complementary treatment, if warranted, and makes himself available between appointments for questions and needed encouragement.N.P.Los Angeles, CAread more
Leslie Harwell
Leslie Harwell
14:10 23 Sep 20
Dr. Jones is a fantastic listener, and really takes the time to work through with you what your issues are and a plan... to approach and fix them. I came with acute back and neck pain, and it was completely resolved in two sessions, and he provided great guidance on at home exercises to compliment. Will definitely be going back and recommend to anyone!read more
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