Traditional Treatment for Stiff Neck
Have you suffered from stiff neck? If yes, you will agree that it is a very annoying experience. The most common stiff neck occurs after sleeping in the wrong posture that leads to strained soft tissues around the neck. This causes pain that disappears without treatment after few hours. However, there are other causes of the stiff neck that leads to disturbing pain that can be chronic. This can also be an indicator of the presence of other health complications that requires urgent medical intervention.
Causes of Stiff Neck
The following conditions will shed light into the root causes of the stiff neck.
Constant emotional stress
Emotional stress may cause pain to different parts of the body that are weak including the neck. When one is subjected to constant emotional stress may experience stiff neck that lasts as long as the stress is present. This inhibits the free movement of the neck that causes severe pain.
Accidents such as being hit with blunt objects for example during a sporting activity, car accidents or falls that results to unexpected hard jerking of the neck. This leads to injury hence stiff neck accompanied by acute pain.
This is a condition that affects the joints in the body resulting from contraction of the muscles. This leads to acute pain in both the muscles and joints. Due to contraction of muscles around the neck region or the shoulders may lead to painful stiff neck.
Arthritis conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints in the body of an individual causing a lot of pain. This leads to pinched nerve condition that causes severe stiff neck due to irritation of the pain. In this case, the pain from rheumatoid arthritis and stiffness extends to the arm and leg on either side.
Stiff neck can be caused by the straining of the muscles and ligaments around the neck. This can result from vigorous sporting activities and exercises done in the gym. In addition, sleeping in wrong posture especially on a hard pillow over night leads to straining of the neck. This leads to stiff neck with pain upon moving the neck in otherwise position.
Effective Traditional Therapy
The use of a moxa stick in traditional moxibustion treatment helps in enhancing the blood circulation in the intended body region. This therapy entails moving the heated moxa stick on the skin around the neck affected by stiffness preferably twice in a day. The therapy can be done by an expert then the individual can learn how to use the moxi stick alone at home for efficiency.
Our trained therapist will identify the relevant acupuncture points (without the needles) and direct the moxa stick over the various pressure points to enhance vitality and blood circulation of the affected regions. Combined with the application of essential oil and volcanic clay for its herbal properties, moxibustion treatment is designed to strengthen skin tissues and provide for a therapeutic relief.
Essentially, moxibustion therapy is also renowned for improving the body’s immune system and is widely used for other ailments such menstrual cramps or dysmenorrhea, lower back pain, sciatica, irregular periods, insomnia treatments.
Gua Sha Therapy
Use of Gua Sha therapy is an ancient Chinese treatment for different ailments resulting from disharmony in the body parts. During this therapy, the skin around the stiff neck of the individual is scrapped with a special instrument with a smooth edge. This therapy releases the tension and disharmony in this region making the neck to relax. The scrapping may be extended to the shoulders to enhance more harmony in the neck region hence healing.
DIY Herbal Mixture: Ginger and Sesame oil
The ginger and sesame oil therapy used to treat the stiff neck. This entails mixing the juice from the ginger and sesame oil and heating slightly then massaging the neck with the mixture. The lotion derived from the sesame oil and ginger juice should be used three times in a day. However, it is advisable to combine this massage with other Chinese therapies for best results.