A 49-year-old male asked:
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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?

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Dr. Kristin Stropnicky
8 years experience Family Medicine
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.
Answered on Aug 31, 2015
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Dr. Louise Andrew
45 years experience Emergency Medicine
Two other options would be Intramuscular Stimulation, IMS, which is available through some physical therapists and works more specifically than acupuncture for muscular pain. And prolotherapy if the problem is persistent. Most osteopaths know about this treatment or you can visit www.getprolo.com to find practitioners near you. Also try magnesium supplement. Agree that chiro is not a good idea.
Aug 30, 2015
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
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 .
Answered on Aug 30, 2015

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