I want to discuss the left side neck stiffness and pain at this time. I hope those who suffer from neck pain can be beneficial to read it.
The digestive system is the key to left-side neck stiffness and pain!
Bad posture, herniated disk, spinal stenosis, injury, and muscle tension from stress also can be causes of neck pain.
But, these factors are not the only ways you get stiffness and pain in your neck.
What is the Autonomic Nervous System?
The autonomic nervous system is associated with two different nerves: the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves.
When you are stressed out, the sympathetic nerves are dominant. When you are relaxed, the parasympathetic nerves are dominant.
One of the vagus nerve’s relaxed nerves is attached to internal organs like the stomach, heart, lung, and neck.
When you stimulate too much of the vagus nerve, you will get stomach upset, raise the heartbeats, sometimes have difficulty swallowing, and lead to neck stiffness.
It is the mechanism of the digestive system and neck.
Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective about the neck stiffness and pain
From a traditional Chinese medicine standpoint, the digestive system and neck are highly related to each other.
The right side of the neck is associated with the Liver organ related to stress, called Liver Qi Stagnation.
The other possible symptoms of Liver disorders are irritability, anxiety, rib pain, menstrual disorders like cramping, irregular periods, etc.
On the other hand, the left side of the neck is Spleen and Stomach, which are the digestion systems because the stomach meridian originates from the eyes and goes through the head and the digestive systems.
So when you have bloating or gas or even constipation or diarrhea, it affects your neck, especially on the left side, and tightness of the neck.
The other symptoms of Spleen and stomach disorders are bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea like any digestive symptoms.
Right Neck – Liver side
Left Neck – Spleen / Stomach side
What can you do for left-side neck stiffness and pain?
1. Apply a heat pack to your neck
Heat makes the blood flow and releases the tension on your neck. In addition, you can also put it to your stomach.
Once the stomach relaxes, your neck tension also releases.
2. Watch out for your diet.
Any food that gives you bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea is unsuitable for your digestion.
Would you please eat balanced nutrition, including carbohydrates, vegetables, and protein with vitamins and minerals? Refrain from the spicy, greasy food. Avoid dairy products if it makes you bloated or gas.
3. Go to an acupuncturist near you.
Acupuncture can release muscle tension and help your digestion.
It is one of the oriental medicine treatments that has 4000 years of history in China. We use fine needles to release inflammation and reduce pain.
WHO recommends having acupuncture for Neck tension and digestive problems.
4. Take natural Chinese herbs.
Several Chinese herbs help pain and the digestive system. For example,
Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang
Indications are Neck stiffness, Muscular tension, gastrointestinal disorders.
This formula helps to release the stress of the neck and soothe the digestive system. The primary ingredients, Bupleurum and Cinnamon combination, regulate energy and blood circulation in the upper body, especially the neck.
Where can you get the Chinese herbs?
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First, you answer 3 minutes long questionnaire about your chief complaints and general questions like your digestions, sleep disorders, etc.
Then, our specialist diagnoses your condition and chooses the best Chinese herbs out of 1000 herbs.
Here is the link to get your best Chinese herbs for left-side neck stiffness and pain.
In conclusion, left side stiffness and pain can be caused by digestive problems.
Firstly, please understand the mechanism of neck pain due to autonomic nervous systems and digestive problems.
Secondly, please try these four tips to see if your symptom goes away.
Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from these annoying symptoms.
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About Author: Satoru Ozawa – Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an acupuncturist, and a Chinese herb specialist.