A pain in the neck (and shoulder, back, arm, wrist)

pain relief

I was idly scanning the internet this weekend looking for some stats of people suffering with pain in the UK (um… nearly half of the population!) and stumbled across some great videos posted by British Gypsom. They’ve worked with a physio to create a series of exercises designed to help plasterers ease the various aches and pains they suffer with as a result of their jobs.  That’s necks, shoulders, elbows, wrists, forearms and lower backs.

What a great idea!

So I started looking around a bit more and found some forums with loads of threads about people being stopped from doing their jobs because of pain and desperately looking for pain relief.

‘Go to your GP’

‘You’ll just have to rest it’

‘Take a holiday’

I hunted for what I was really looking for but couldn’t find it.

‘Have you tried acupuncture?’

Most plasterers will tell you that aches and pains are all part of the job.  It’s highly physical and requires a lot of strength to work quickly, reach awkward places and to get a good finish. So there’s pretty much no escaping wear and tear to those parts of the body.  But there are things that can protect the body to make sure it keeps working properly.

There’s the obvious – keep fit and eat well. Our bodies work much better when they’re strong and not carrying excess weight.

Do those exercises – warm up, warm down, stretchhhhhhhh.

And don’t forget to get some proper rest (away from a screen if possible).

But did you also know that research shows that acupuncture…

  1. stimulates nerves located in muscles and other tissues
  2. releases endorphins
  3. changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord
  4. reduces inflammation
  5. improves muscle stiffness and joint mobility
  6. disperses swelling and bruising
  7. reduces the use of medication
  8. provides a more cost-effective treatment over a longer period of time
  9. improves outcomes when added to conventional treatments such as rehabilitation exercises

In my treatments I use a combination of techniques including cupping, electro-acupuncture, moxibustion and acupuncture to stimulate the body’s own healing response. This brings immediate as well as long-term pain relief.

So next time you ask yourself ‘what am I going to do about this shoulder pain?’ you’ll know what to do.

Contact me for a chat about your symptoms or to make an appointment.

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