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Neck Pain and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Do you suffer from Neck Pain?

Neck pain is a common complaint for many people, and can effect many aspects of your daily life. Your neck is crucial in the movement of your head, and if you’re experiencing neck pain, it can limit how far you can turn your head or bend your neck, and can also impact daily activities such as driving, working and sleeping.

In this post and video, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner Dr Hank Chen discusses how common neck pain is,  how neck pain can affect your quality of life, how Chinese Medicine diagnoses neck pain, and the treatment options available to it.


How common is Neck Pain?

Neck pain is one of the most common conditions seen in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and one of the most common issues I see.


How does Chinese Medicine Diagnose Neck Pain?

In an appointment with a TCM Practitioner, a detailed history will be taken and extensive testing will be done to try to determine the exact cause of your neck pain and the best course of treatment. Through taking an in-depth history of your pain, the location of your pain, and which movements aggravate or relieve your pain, we are able to closer determine where your pain is coming from – whether it be from a disc, facet joint, or one of the other soft tissues in your neck such as ligaments and muscles. It is important to develop a clear understanding of which tissues are causing your pain so as to determine the best management plan for you, and so, if required, we may decide that other tests could be useful for your diagnosis, such as an x-ray or MRI.


What can Chinese Medicine do for Neck Pain?

Traditional Chinese Medicine has a dense history and involves a variety of techniques which can be useful for treating neck pain, each with their own traditions and history dating back thousands of years. TCM Treatment will aim to restore your neck and entire body back to normal function, while also encouraging blood and energy flow to your neck to aid a timely recovery. Some of the techniques that may be used in your treatment include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Electro-acupuncture
  • Cupping
  • Scraping
  • Massage
  • Moxa (Moxibustion)
  • Herbal Medicine

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Where can I learn more about TCM Practitioner Dr Hank Chen?

For more information on Dr Hank and Traditional Chinese Medicine, or to book an appointment, call RNHC Reception on (02) 9878 5021, or head to,


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