Neck and Shoulder Pain

I frequently see people in my clinic coming in with neck and shoulder pain.  Its pretty common in people  who work at a desk all day, who don't have the right pillow to sleep on or who work out at the gym on a regular basis, and its actually a very easy thing to treat with Trigger Point Therapy.


The first step is to rule out any structural damage to the spine ( see your Chiropractor or have an x-ray first if you suspect that the pain is coming from the vertebrae).  The second step is to determine which muscle is causing the pain.  Often neck pain is referred from the trapezius muscle, but it  may also include the rhomboids, the levator scapulae or other muscles not directly associated with the neck.


Once the muscle(s) has been identified, an acupuncture needle is inserted into the trigger point on the muscle (click here for more info on trigger points) and a pecking method is administered to release the knot.  You'll know that it has been released because the muscle will spasm.  Its a little more invasive than traditional acupuncture, but the benefits far outweigh the initial discomfort.  Its almost impossible for chiropractic work or even deep tissue massage to release many of these deep seated knots that can only be done with trigger point therapy.  Once the needling is complete (the amount of time spent on each person will vary), the muscle is massaged, cupped and then heat is applied to keep the muscle supple and prevent it from contracting back into a knot.  For chronic problems several treatments may be necessary.


There is no need to suffer from muscular neck and shoulder pain.  I've been able to help many people who thought they would never be pain free or thought they needed a cortisone injection to alleviate their symptoms. You have nothing to lose by trying and so much to gain when you can move your neck and shoulders freely again without medication!

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Posted January 18, 2018 by Chris Jeffrey R.Ac.

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Chris Jeffrey R.Ac.: Posted on September-07-15 9:14 AM

THE WHEEL OF HEALTH

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Today we are moving on to the second piece of the Wheel of Health; Supplementation.


Supplementation is defined as "adding to complete something, supplying a deficiency, or reinforcing or extending a whole". So when applied to supplementing your health, you are reinforcing not only your physical well being but also your mental, emotional and spiritual well being.


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To supplement or not to supplement - because there are so many variables that are intrinsic to each individual, vitamin and mineral supplementation will depend on:

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Romantic Relationships - Soul Based vs Ego Based


In this week's blog we're tying up the Relationship segment of the Wheel of Health with the topic of Romantic Relationships.


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Chris Jeffrey R.Ac.: Posted on July-19-15 7:54 AM

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This week we're continuing with the second part of the Relationship segment of the Wheel of Health by taking a close look at your connection to the people in your life.

Recently I met a woman in a local bookstore who said to me 'Isn't it great that of all the souls out there we were the ones chosen to be on the train that was headed to earth at this point in time!" It was a bold statement but I loved the metaphor of being hand picked (by God?


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This week's blog is the first in a series discussing the different segments of the Wheel of Health. There will be a few parts to the Relationship section beginning with The Relationship that you have with Yourself.


While the level of social connection and support in your life influences the development, progression, and recovery from illness, the first relationship that you need to work on is the one with yourself, as it's the foundation for everything else in life.


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Through my practise as an Acupuncturist I am often impressed by how much effort people invest into researching and understanding their illness and the means in which to treat it. And, despite the fact that many of us fall a bit short on understanding the complexities of human anatomy and physiology, the most important thing we need to recognize is how and why this condition manifested in the first place.


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Acupuncture is like going to the gym. You can’t go once and say ‘I’m in shape’,” says Lisa Alvarez, a licensed and board certified acupuncturist and master level Reiki practitioner in Chicago. “It requires a commitment and builds over time. The longer you do it, the longer the results will last and the less you’ll need to come in.” If you’re rehabbing an injury, you’ll go frequently (one to two times a week) at first and then taper off as your healing progresses. If you’re using alternative medicine to boost your race-day performance, “the best thing to do is to have a couple of weekly treatments before the event and then come in right after the event,” says Alvarez.


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ACUPUNCTURE: WHAT IS IT?

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.


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