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Torticollis (Stiff Neck)

Key Diagnostic Points:

  • Acute simple stiffness and pain of the neck (one or both sides) and it's associated limitation of movement. Motor impairment of the neck affects the movements of the head, shoulders and back.
  • It is caused by an improper position of the neck during sleep, or attack of wind and cold on the nape.

Differential Diagnosis:

Stagnation of Qi and Blood at the neck.

Treatment Principle:

Activate the Qi and blood circulation in the channels and collaterals.

Point and Technique Prescription:

All of the points in this section should be reduced.

Ashi Points on the neck using needles and cupping.

Si 3 Shu-stream point for heavy and painful joints. One of the 8 confluents, this one for the Du channel, which runs through he neck and nape. Ask the patient to gently rotate the neck as best as he or she can to increase the efficacy of the treatment.

Local Points. Du 14, UB 10

Lu 7 one of the four key points, this one for the head and neck.
Luo Zhen (an extra point which is sometimes called the "outer Lao Gong" it is found on the back of the hand, on the opposite side of PC 8)

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