I think a lot of people feel tight on their neck when they tilt their neck to either side because of desk work or other reasons.
This is caused by the tightness of the muscle on the sides of your neck, which is called SCM (Fig. 1). There might be a lot of people who massage the muscle of the neck, but you couldn’t quite loosen it up.
So I want to share where to rub to loosen up the muscle.
When you rub a part of your head, you can make this SCM softer and it gets easier to tilt to the side.
Where you need to rub is the coronal suture shown in Fig. 2 as yellow lines.
The location of the coronal suture is 4 fingers from the top of the head where is the center of the tips of the ears. When you slide your fingers back and forth on the suture, you feel slight bumps. That is the coronal suture.
If you feel tight on your left side of your neck when you tilt your neck to the right, rub the left side of the coronal suture, moving the tips of your fingers over the suture back and forth.
You don’t need to press too much. The good pressure is as strong as your nails don’t become white.
This is also good if you feel tightness on the area between the neck and the shoulder.
Due to the stress from the surrounded situation caused by COVID-19, there are a lot of people whose breathing become shallow.
Related to the article posted in my blog: Let’s Relieve Broken Heart Syndrome caused by Stress due to COVID-19, it is also important that your nose is not stuffy to breathe smoothly.
We can only breathe deeply when you breathe in from your nose.
Please compare when you breathe in from your nose to when you breathe in from your mouth.
How did you feel? You should not be able to breathe deeply from your mouth.
That is because in the nose, the air is mixed with NO which opens the lung and softens the capillaries, but when you breathe in from your mouth, that process doesn’t happen so the lung doesn’t accept the air from the mouth.
For easier breathing, I want to introduce the acupuncture points that open your nasal passage.
1. Above the nose and about a half inch below the hair line, there is the bulge of the bone. Please massage the point (Fig. 1).
2. A half inch above the eyebrow, there may be tender points. Please massage these points (Fig. 1).
3. Please massage the base of the arms (Fig. 2).
Please massage these acupuncture points when you have a stuffy nose.
If you feel tightness of chest or difficulty of breathing, please also read the following article:
Let’s Relieve Broken Heart Syndrome caused by Stress due to COVID-19
According to CNN news, since the outbreak of COVID-19, a condition called “broken heart syndrome” significantly increases.
Broken heart syndrome is a temporary heart condition that's often brought on by stressful situations and extreme emotions. The condition can also be triggered by a serious physical illness or surgery.
Broken heart syndrome symptoms can mimic a heart attack. Common symptoms include:
Shortness of breath
I want to introduce a self-care method for this condition.
If they are caused by stressful situations due to COVID-19, the following self-care can treat the condition, which is introduced by Mr. Niki, an acupuncturist in Japan.
1. Find a tender point on the bone in the center of the chest at the level of your nipples, which is an acupuncture point CV-17 (Fig. 1).
2. Touch the tender point with the edge of a penny gently (Don’t press it hard into the skin) (Fig. 2).
3. Hold the penny for 5 seconds.
After doing this, instantly you could feel that your chest opens or you feel relaxed, and you could breathe deeply.
Whenever you feel stressed or can’t breathe deeply, please try this method.
What you need is just a penny!
CNN news article for reference
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There are a lot of people who hurt their shoulders or upper back while walking their dogs.
The patient is a man in his 80s.
After he took his dog for a walk yesterday, the inside of his right shoulder blade started to hurt. He couldn’t sleep well because of the pain in the area last night.
When he lay on his back, his right shoulder was floating higher than the left side and he complained about pain in the right side of his upper back. I gave him acupuncture to remove the pain from his neck to the inside of his right shoulder blade.
2nd Treatment (3days later)
He reported that the pain inside the shoulder blade was less and he could sleep at night without pain. I gave him acupuncture to remove pain inside the shoulder blade and loosen the area. After the treatment, there was more flexibility when I pressed his shoulder from the front to the back on the treatment table.
3rd Treatment (4 days later)
He reported that the pain inside the shoulder blade disappeared. His right shoulder which had been floating from the table higher than his left shoulder was at the same level as his left shoulder and there was flexibility when I pressed it toward the treatment table. I didn’t give him acupuncture for his upper back this day, though I treated his chronic hip joint pain that he had complained from the last treatment.
Check the other cases treated by acupuncture: Click here.
The patient is a woman in her 50s, who is a caregiver.
3 days ago when she tried to change the posture of a heavy person on the bed, she hurt her left low back. She feels pain when she walks and bend her back backward.
When I checked her pulse, I thought this was a typical acute low back pain because her pulse was very tight. So I gave her the treatment for acute low back pain, removing tender spots on her low back and buttocks and attached a very short needle with sticker on her low back. She felt pain when she got up, so I added an adjustment of her rib cage. When I had her stand up and check her back, she felt much better, so I fished the first treatment.
2nd Treatment (2 days later)
Yesterday, when she moved the heavy person again, she felt pain in her right low back. Today she feels pain in the center with bending backward and in each side with bending sideways.
Since she had pain on both sides of her low back and also the center of the low back, I chose to treat both sides of her low back with normal low back pain treatment. After the treatment, her low back was not improved at all. I added some needles to remove tender spots found when she stood up, but her low back pain didn’t change.
I thought she might have had another acute low back pain on her right side and asked her to lie on her side and gave the treatment for acute low back pain. When she stood up and checked her low back, her low back was not completely better, but was improved. I stopped treatment here to avoid too much amount of treatment.
3rd Treatment (2 days later)
2 days after the last treatment, her low back pain was much better. Only when she bend her back to the left, she felt pain on her left buttock. She was standing all day but didn’t do the work to move the heavy person. I treated her left low back and buttock and when she stood up, she still felt some pain with bending side way, so I found painful spots on her left buttock and removed them with a touch-up needle. I asked her to check her back again and this time she felt better. Since she felt much better on her low back, I finished the treatment for her acute low back pain.
At the second treatment, I couldn’t recognize another acute low back pain was happening on the other side at the beginning because I had no idea that 2 acute low back pain happening within a few days. I learned that I should carefully check the patient’s condition without preconceptions.
Cozy Acupuncture will not be treating any known, or suspected, cases of Covid-19 in the office.
Following are our new office procedures for the meantime:
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I'm delighted to announce the reopening of Cozy Acupuncture. We will take patients from May 29th. However, the risk of COVID-19 is still there and we have to make sure the safety of all the people using our service, so I needed to change the office procedures in accordance with the Department of Public Health. The followings are some of important changes.
Some important changes about office procedures:
Patient Screening: Screen Patients for COVID-19 symptoms, or symptoms of respiratory illness, at the time of their appointment and before the Patient enters the treatment area.
COVID-19 Risk Informed Consent: Ensure each Patient reviews, initials, and signs the COVID-19 Risk Informed Consent and scan and email it to me.
Check-in Practices: Each Patient should sanitize their hands, wear a mask, measure their temperature with a contact-less thermometer prior to entering the office. (You can't come into the office until finishing these practices.)
Surface Sanitization Practices: Disinfect all Patient areas between Patient appointments such as treatment tables, all therapeutic equipment, counter tops, chairs, door handles, clipboards, and garment hooks.
Spacing between Patients: Avoid interaction of patients by scheduling with at least 15 minutes interval to keep social distancing.
No use of waiting room: Ensure Patients directly come to the treatment room.
PPE protocols: Wear a face mask and gloves, and change gloves after the treatment of each Patient.
After making an appointment:
Prior to your appointment, you will need to read COVID-19 Office procedures and we will email you COVID-19 Risk Consent form.
The morning of your appointment I will contact you to ask whether you have any suspected symptoms of COVID-19 and if you do, you will be recommended to reschedule or contact your doctor.
Payment: You will be asked to put a credit card in the system to expedite that process at the end of the treatment. eGift card, Paypal or Venmo is also welcome. I also prepared Prepaid Flex Account for regular patients instead of Packages, which can be used for you, your family and your friends and starts from $230 (5 % Off).
Please click here to check them.
The procedure to get treatment will become complicated, but if you accept the above procedures, please make an appointment.
I'm looking forward to see you in the office.
Tele-Acupuncture is a kind of Telemedicine not to offer consultations but to offer treatment at a distance using visual information and the theory of acupuncture medicine.
This is a case treated with Tele-Acupuncture showing what can be expected with this treatment method.
A woman in 70s was complaining about the pain in her right shoulder. When she walked the dog, the dog suddenly pulled the leash held with her right hand and she fell down and hurt her right shoulder. She felt pain when she lifted up her right arm to 60 degrees in front, but there was no limited range of motion.
First, I scanned and regulated the center line of her body, asking her to sit facing me, and then asked her to check her right shoulder. There was not much change about the pain.
Next, I scanned and regulated both sides of her body from chest to lower abdomen to balance her internal organs, and then asked her to check her shoulder. Still there was not much change.
Next, I focused on her right chest, shoulder and neck area and asked her to check. It seemed a little better.
Next, I focused on her back where is the area between shoulder blades from the front and asked her to check again. She moved her shoulder over and over again and told me that her right shoulder got much better with a wondering face.
I know it's only natural, but where to treat to improve the problems is the same in both Acupuncture at the clinic and Tele-Acupuncture.
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