Acupuncture treats many forms of neck pain and numbness. Current research from the National Institutes of Health confirms that acupuncture is successful in treating many forms of neck pain. One of the most common sources of neck pain is a pinched nerve. The nerve roots emerge from the spine and travel down the neck, shoulders, arms, and to the fingers. Patients often feel neck, shoulder, or upper back pain. Others experience symptoms such as numbness of the fingers or pain traveling down the arm. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural responses to allow the nerve fiber to heal.
The irritation of the nerve is removed and the symptoms disappear. Patients appreciate the relief from pain, numbness, and even weakness of the arm. Also, range of motion improves significantly. Patients are able to look from side to side and up & down with greater range of motion and comfort. More importantly, the nerve fiber heals and long-term nerve damage and arthritis is prevented.