Stiffness of neck is a commonly encountered damage of cervical soft tissues due to high or low pillow or inva-sion of wind-cold into the back that prevents the smooth circulation of qi and blood in the meridians. The clinical manifestations are unilateral or bilateral stiffness and pain in the neck as well as restricted movement of the neck due to worsened pain.
Stiffness and pain in the neck, aggravation in move-ment, restricted movement, deviation of the head to the affected side, pain involving the shoulder, back or head, and evident local tenderness.
1. Body acupuncture