Acupuncture with Chronic Stiff Neck

October 20th, 2020

Suffering from chronic stiff neck? You’re not alone! In fact, at Driven Fit +SWS, we often treat this common condition through acupuncture – an age-old form of Chinese medicine which helps treat various conditions by unblocking energy (a.k.a. Qi) which allows it to flow naturally through pathways called meridians, thus balancing your Qi. 

Keep reading to learn how acupuncture treatments at our South Tampa Wellness Center can treat your chronic stiff neck!


What is Chronic Stiff Neck? 

Do you have difficulty moving your neck (especially when turning your head to the side)?

Do you experience chronic headaches or pain in your neck, shoulders, and/or arms? 

Do you need to turn your entire body in order to look sideways or over your shoulder? 

These are all common characteristics of chronic stiff neck, most often the result of one more of the following causes…


  • Levator scapulae muscle strain *the muscle located at the back and side of the neck which connects the neck’s cervical spine with the shoulder 
  • Soft tissue sprain
  • Sleeping in an awkward position. 
  • Falling or a sudden impact that pushed the head to the side *often seen with sports injuries
  • Repeating turning the head side to side *often seen with swimmers
  • Poor posture while viewing a computer or looking downward at a mobile phone, a.k.a. “text neck
  • Tension in the neck caused by excessive stress or anxiety
  • At Driven Fit + SWS, our resident acupuncturists identify and treat your chronic stiff neck through a series of acupuncture treatments.


To learn more, call or text our South Tampa studio at (813) 440-3016. 


How Does Acupuncture Treat Neck Pain and Stiffness?

The practice of acupuncture involves the placement of thin needles into the skin at specific points on the body. Several studies have found that acupuncture can stimulate biochemical changes when the needles are placed both locally (where the pain is located) and in the central nervous system. It is these biochemical changes that lead to pain relief and a long list of other benefits. We’ll cover those in a minute.

When it comes to treating pain and stiffness in the neck, needles may be placed at the neck and other areas of the body where blood flows to the neck. Depending on your specific treatment plan, you will be asked to lie on your stomach, back, or sit in a reclined position.

Team Driven are experts in treating chronic stiff neck pain and can relieve the pain and stiffness associated with this condition! 


How Many Treatments Will I Need? 

During your initial consultation with Dr. Sarah Sponaugle, you will be asked a series of questions about your lifestyle (diet, daily routine, etc.), how long you’ve been experiencing pain, and in case of injury how the injury occurred. Based on the information gathered at this appointment, you will be given a recommended treatment plan. 

The duration and frequency will depend on how long the neck pain and stiffness have been present and the severity of the symptoms. A typical session will last about 30 minutes. 


Benefits of Acupuncture

There is a reason why acupuncture has been used as a form of medicine for thousands of years. It works! When acupuncture is applied to treat chronic stiff neck, you will receive the following benefits:


  • Improvement of neck function
  • Pain relief caused by a chronic stiff neck
  • Reduced stress levels which can play a role in reducing neck pain

At Driven Fit + SWS, we believe in a whole-body approach to wellness and focus on transformation and rejuvenation through fitness, acupuncture, massage therapy, and chiropractic care


Acupuncture at Driven Fit

Ready to relieve your chronic stiff neck pain? Team Driven can help! Get info on acupuncture at our South Tampa studio gym. Call or text us today – (813) 440-3016!

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