Woodland Hills, CA
A 49-year-old male asked:
Have "crick" in my neck and tight muscles. shouldn't go to chiropractor due to prior stroke. would acupuncture or massage be safe? other suggestions?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 9 years experience
No contraindication: History of a stroke is not a contraindication for either acupuncture or massage, and both modalities can be helpful for neck pain. Another treatment helpful for musculoskeletal pain is OMT (Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment). This is performed by a physician who is a DO (Doctor of Osteopathy). Find a DO by going to www.osteopathic.org and search for one near you.
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Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Massage : Would probably help a lot. Also protecting your head while you sleep with a neck protector like you can get at the drug store or wal mart . Accupunture has not been proven to help but does help some people. Hot packs might help relax the muscles too. Physical therapy might be of benefit if it continues. I'd stay away from any neck manipulation even osteopathic .
2.3k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Aug 31, 2015
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