Acupuncture for Neck Pain

Relief for a stiff and painful neck
At Burnaby Heights Integrative Healthcare (BHIHC), we offer acupuncture treatments specifically designed to address chronic neck pain and stiffness. Our approach is rooted in scientific studies, leveraging the potential to stimulate biochemical changes both locally (at the needle insertion points) and in the central nervous system. These changes can contribute to pain relief and other positive effects.

Our acupuncture treatments are highly individualized, tailored to each patient's needs and guided by the expertise of our practitioners. While the primary focus is on the neck area, our practitioners may strategically place needles in other parts of the body to enhance the therapeutic benefits. By considering the body as a whole, we aim to provide comprehensive and effective care for neck pain.

To create a serene and soothing environment during the treatment, we incorporate relaxing music during the resting period, typically lasting up to 30 minutes. This helps to promote a calming atmosphere, allowing you to fully unwind and optimize the healing process.

If you're seeking relief from chronic neck pain and stiffness, consider Burnaby Heights Integrative Healthcare (BHIHC) for our evidence-based acupuncture treatments. Our skilled practitioners are dedicated to helping you find relief and improve your overall well-being.

Here are some research-based facts that support acupuncture for neck pain:

Several clinical studies have shown that acupuncture can effectively alleviate neck pain and improve neck mobility. [1]
Acupuncture has been found to release endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body, providing analgesic effects for neck pain. [2]
Research suggests that acupuncture can modulate the activity of the central nervous system, reducing pain signals and promoting overall pain relief in the neck area. [3]
A randomized controlled trial demonstrated that acupuncture combined with conventional therapy was more effective in reducing neck pain intensity and improving physical functioning compared to conventional therapy alone. [4]
Acupuncture treatments for neck pain have shown to be safe, with minimal side effects reported in research studies. [5]
Studies have indicated that acupuncture may help reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation in the neck muscles, leading to decreased pain and improved range of motion. [6]
Acupuncture has been found to have long-lasting effects on neck pain, with some studies reporting sustained pain relief even after the completion of acupuncture treatments. [7]
These research-based findings support the efficacy and potential benefits of acupuncture as a valuable treatment option for individuals experiencing neck pain.

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[2] Li A, Lao L, Wang Y, et al. Electroacupuncture activates corticotrophin-releasing hormone-containing neurons in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalammus to alleviate edema in a rat model of inflammation. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2008;8:20.
[3] Zhang R, Lao L, Ren K, et al. Mechanisms of acupuncture-electroacupuncture on persistent pain. Anesthesiology. 2014;120(2):482-503.
[4] Trinh K, Graham N, Gross A, et al. Acupuncture for neck disorders. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006;(3):CD004870.
[5] Witt CM, Pach D, Brinkhaus B, et al. Safety of acupuncture: results of a prospective observational study with 229,230 patients and introduction of a medical information and consent form. Forsch Komplementmed. 2009;16(2):91-97.
[6] Han X, Wang J, Zhang W, et al. Effectiveness of acupuncture for cervical spondylosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:8703
[7] White AR, Filshie J, Cummings TM. Clinical trials of acupuncture: consensus recommendations for optimal treatment, sham controls and blinding. Complement Ther Med. 2001;9(4):237-245.