by Rosaria Vettori
doctor of acupuncture
Cervical arthritis curable in eight sittings
Cervical pain can be caused by more than one
pathology. The most common causes are due to muscular spasms and cervical
arthritis. Muscular spasms can be caused by incorrect posture which leads
to the head being held further forward, bringing strain and contraction
of the muscles.
It can at times also be due to somatization caused by anxiety and
depression. By cervical arthritis, we mean a degenerative alteration of
parts of the vertebra and the intervertebral disks. The pain is mainly
localized in the area of the neck, often with a headache at the nape of
the neck which tends to spread to the upper part of the head and the eyes.
Moreover, the pain can spread to the shoulders and arms, and then down
to the hands by means of the nerves situated in the cervical column. According
to traditional Chinese medicine, any pathology coming from the cervical
column is caused by energetic alterations. The descent of energy from
the head towards the body and viceversa can become blocked either through
mechanical factors or through perverse energy like Cold-Winds or Damp-Winds.
Once the correct diagnosis has been made, cervical pain responds positively
to treatment by acupuncture, which usually reduces pain and muscular tension.
The points used are situated in the meridians that cut across the affected
area, or that are placed at a certain distance (hands, legs), as well
as auricular points.
Symbology of the "King" and the
balance between Yin and Yang
It is important to combine acupuncture sittings with massage of the
neck and shoulder muscles, as well as treatment of the painful areas (Trigger
points), which should be carefully sought out and treated separately by
means of stimulation while, if necessary, some points can be heated with
moxibustion. Treatment requires two sittings a week during the acute stage,
followed by one sitting a week to arrive at a total of eight to ten sittings.
For further information please call: 055 213854 See also: Acupuncture, an ancient and traditional Chinese medicine
One of the points of cervical arthrits