Dr. Atil Narayan, DACM, L.Ac.
Atil Narayan, DACM, L.Ac. Acupuncture & Pain Management located in West Covina, CA
Your neck is a part of your body that receives very little attention until something goes wrong, at which point you may be able to think of little else. At Natural Wonders Healthcare in West Covina, California, Dr. Atil Narayan and his staff can help you find lasting relief from neck pain. For a face-to-face consultation, reach out to Natural Wonders Healthcare to check availability. You can call and speak with a member of the office staff, or try the easy online scheduling tool.
What are some common causes of neck pain?
Your neck is a complex network of bones, muscles, connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. When something goes wrong with any of these components, significant pain can occur.
When you think about the role your neck plays in your overall health, it’s surprising that neck pain isn’t even more common. Not only does your neck support the entire weight of your head, but it also protects your spinal cord and enables the flexibility needed throughout the day.
A number of things can cause neck pain, including:
- Traumatic injury
- Strains or sprains
- Herniated discs
Mild neck pain from a simple muscle strain often resolves itself after a few days of rest and self-care. If pain persists or is moderate to severe, however, be sure to seek treatment right away.
What are some benefits of using acupuncture to treat neck pain?
Acupuncture offers a natural healing path to address neck pain. Researchers find that patients who undergo acupuncture report a reduction in pain and improved neck mobility, along with numerous other health benefits.
In the hands of a skilled practitioner, acupuncture can relieve neck pain and improve stiffness and mobility. Evidence even suggests stress relief as a treatment outcome, and this can reduce tension in your neck and shoulders.
Acupuncture is a natural healing method and avoids the risks associated with invasive surgical procedures. The risk of adverse effects is also very low, with none of the dangers associated with pharmaceuticals.
Combining herbal remedies with acupuncture can deliver even more impressive results. Be sure to speak with Dr. Narayan about which herbal formulations would work best for you.
Is acupuncture painful?
Many men and women worry that acupuncture treatments will be painful, especially when they hear the term “needles.” In reality, not only is acupuncture painless, but it can also be a very relaxing experience.
The treatment needles are so thin they flex. They’re sterile and are only used once. They don’t penetrate deep within your body and cause no damage to your organs or nervous system.
You might experience some minor bruising or bleeding at the treatment site, but those effects are not lasting. There’s no need for anesthesia or downtime, and you can resume normal activities immediately after your session.
Dr. Narayan and his staff can estimate how many treatments you’ll need during your initial consultation. Be prepared to give feedback about your symptoms during your visits, as this information helps customize your treatment plan. To get started, book an appointment today, either online or by phone.