Suffering From Neck Pain?
Do you know where it’s coming from?
This is why it is so important to address shoulder function when treating neck pain. You can see the needle placed in the spinal accessory nerve ( CN XI) before it innervates the upper trapezius muscle. The upper trapezius muscle is a large muscle that connects the neck to the shoulder blade. Due to lifestyle our shoulders become rounded and the trapezius muscle now becomes over active and, as a result, acts as a stabilizer of the shoulder blade. This results in a painful neck.
How do we treat this?
Once the current is placed through the needle you can see that both the shoulder and neck musculature begin to contract illustrating how crucial it is to treat not only the site of pain, but also the cause. Which, in this case, would be shoulder dysfunction. Placing electrical current through the needle decreases the tone of the muscle, taking stress of the neck and results in relief.