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Can acupuncture loosen tight muscles in neck?

I am a 39 year old male and I have tight muscles in my neck. Can acupuncture loosen tight muscles in neck?

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Yes. But not if it is caused by your spine being out of alignment, in my experience... then you should also have it re-aligned by a professional and acupuncture also to keep it aligned.
Yes, acupuncture can help relax tight muscles. The cause of the tight neck muscles must first be assessed. A licensed acupuncturist or Diplomate of Oriental Medicine is trained to help you find the cause. Then, along with other therapies, one or more of the many forms of acupuncture will be applied to help relax the muscles, as appropriate.
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Of course it is. The muscles associated with the neck are softened by acupuncture, allowing the blood and blood to flow through.
Yes! Acupuncture treats neck tension by increasing circulation to the area, decreasing inflammation and boosting the immune system to heal quicker than it normally would. Check out our video in regards to neck and low back pain being treated by acupuncture:

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YES, acupuncture can help to loosen up and reset muscle fibers, even the small muscles that attach all the vertebrae to one another (multifidus and para-spinal muscles) which are very often involved in neck and low back pain.
Good afternoon,

Acupuncture will help tight muscles in the neck, talk to your practitioner.

It certainly can, but how well depends on what is causing the problem to begin with and if it is being addressed properly. Oftentimes, the muscles and tendons tighten up in an effort to protect the spine or other structures. Have you had an x-ray or an MRI? Have you been checked for a bulging disc, spinal stenosis, arthritis or other conditions? These are quite common especially as one gets older. Muscle tightness can be a precursor to a more serious problem, so you should have it checked out by your doctor, who will probably refer you to a chiropractor or other specialist. If the spine or hips are out of alignment, a series of chiropractic adjustments may help loosen the muscles surrounding the affected areas. If, in fact, there is nothing structurally wrong with you, you may want to check your posture, practice yoga or deep stretching. Also, note the chair you sit your desk at work and home....if you are hunched over the desk and typing on a computer, that can often be the cause of neck pain. Do neck rolls/stretches several times daily and/or get massages as frequently as possible. Muscles tend to atrophy or stiffen with under-use just as much as overuse. Get more exercise and drink more water (or non-caffeinated beverages) to get the juices flowing. Try a cervical pillow for a few weeks and see if that doesn't help. Good luck and good health!!

Yes, acupuncture can be very helpful in the treatment of muscle issues including tightness.


Covyn Montemayor
Absolutely, but you have to go! Remember, it's not specific to the neck. Acupuncture treats the whole body.

Andrew Pacholyk, MS, LAc
Yes. Acupuncture works very well to loosen tight muscles in the neck and in other areas of the body.
Yes. And any other joints and muscles you need to loosen. Stay healthy in these difficult times. Call and make an appointment with your local acupuncturist.

Scott Sang In Lee
Thank you for your message,

Yes, it’s possible that acupuncture can help with tight muscles. However, given the current national emergency with COVID-19, this is not the time to seek new care such as acupuncture.
Myofascial self massage techniques and yoga at home would be a preferred option now.

Stay safe, be well, stay home!

Dr. B
Acupuncture&massage can help relieve the tightness in neck and other spots in our body, but not one session, a couple sessions/ week.
The answer is yes. Acupuncture is quite effective for neck pain whether due to trauma or stress. At our clinic we also teach you postural exercises to minimize future pain. We get you out of pain and teach you how to stay out of pain.
Yes, acupuncture can help reduce the tension of the muscle by working on the trigger points and with the help of cupping and electric stimulation, the successful rate is very high.
Acupuncture is beneficial to help patients who have tight muscles along the different areas of their body. We are also recommending stretches and exercises that could complement the therapy.

Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Yes absolutely! It is performed all the time!
I have had many patients of various ages with this complaint or sometimes with a shoulder issue. They definitely benefited from acupuncture despite trying other treatments including, but not limited to physical therapy and/or medications. Of course, double check with your primary to see if acupuncture is okay and get a prognosis from your acupuncture provider.

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Acupuncture and massage, also stretching.
Yes, it can.

Acupuncture can loosen tight muscles in the neck.

Yours in Health,

Hi. Yes it may.
Yes! Acupuncture can definitely help tight muscles on your neck as well as shoulder and back. We also work on with massage and cupping to improve the result.
Yes, it can.

Be well, be confident, we can help.
Yes, it does! It is very effective, but you need to find a good acupuncturist.
Yes, I do this for my patients almost every day. It is better than drugs, massage or chiropractic if done by a trained professional.
Yes, I have been successful at relaxing tight muscles in the neck and other areas for my patients.
Yes can incorporate acupuncture with other non invasive treatments to achieve the best results ..exercise, change in posture, meditation to reduce stress, better nutrition, supplements to reduce inflammation in the neck muscles etc...but acupuncture should definitely be a part of the treatment protocol..
Absolutely. There are several techniques that we can use to relax tight muscles and can even do so without any local treatment.
Hello! Yes, acupuncture can work on musculoskeletal pain, including neck tension.
Hello and thank you for your question! Acupuncture is great for many types of pain, including neck pain due to tight muscles. Your practitioner may also use an adjunctive modality, such as gua sha - a gentle scraping technique, to loosen tight muscles as well.
Short answer is: yes, acupuncture can help loosen your tight neck muscles.

There are a variety of different approaches an acupuncturist might take. Some will treat distally (no needles in your neck), some might treat locally (needles in your neck) and some will use both distant and local needles.