Strained Neck (Torticollis)

Strained neck is a contraction or spasm of one or more muscles of the neck caused by local injury, strains or unsuitable posture of the head during sleep.

Characteristically the patient can't move his head upon first arising in the morning. There is a pain in the neck radiating to the shoulder or back.

This condition is generally due to improper position of the head during sleep, chilling of the local area, or slight strain on the neck muscles. Clinical manifestations are unilateral pain of the neck and impairment of neck rotation.


Tender points, spastic muscles, ashi points.


5 cc. of 25% magnesium sulfate + 1 cc. of 2% procaine is injected into tender points and spastic muscles.


In mild cases compress may be applied to the affected area together with movement of the neck.

Source: The Treament of 100 Common Diseases by New Acupuncture, Medicine and Health Publishing Company






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