Neck And Shoulder Pain Specialist

Release Integrative Medicine

Tim Eng, LAc

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine & Pain & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Schrafft Center, Charlestown, MA

Your neck and shoulder are complex flexible joints susceptible to injury and pain. Tim Eng, LAc, CSMA®, at Release Integrative Medicine in Charlestown, Massachusetts, uses acupuncture Chinese and auricular medicine to help you get relief from your neck and shoulder pain. To schedule an evaluation, contact the office by phone or online today.

Neck and Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Your neck is one of the most flexible and delicate parts of your body. You may put stress on your neck as you go about your usual day without even realizing it, which can lead to stiffness, muscle aches, and a decrease in mobility.

Though many factors cause neck pain, some of the most common include:

  • Bad posture
  • Injuries and trauma
  • Motor vehicle accidents (whiplash)
  • Medical conditions
  • Stress


No matter the cause or severity of your neck pain, Release Integrative Medicine can help.

What causes shoulder pain?

Like your neck, your shoulder is a flexible joint susceptible to injury and pain. You may develop shoulder pain from many causes, including:

  • Acute trauma or injury
  • Arthritis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Impingement
  • Sprains and strains


Like other body parts, the many components that make up your shoulder degenerate over time, which may lead to chronic shoulder pain and limited pain-free movement.

What happens during a neck and shoulder pain evaluation?

The details of your neck and shoulder pain evaluation at Release Integrative Medicine depend on your specific pain condition and health needs. The goal of the evaluation is to identify the underlying cause of your pain, so you get the most effective treatment.

In Chinese medicine, pain and illness result from an imbalance in the flow of Qi, or vital energy. Your Qi flows through channels called meridians that nourish all the muscles, organs, tissues, and cells in your body. An imbalance or blockage in the flow of your Qi presents as physical symptoms like neck and shoulder pain.

During your evaluation, your provider at Release Integrative Medicine asks detailed questions about your symptoms and then uses diagnostic techniques to find the imbalance or blockage affecting the flow of your Qi and to determine the root cause. 

How is neck and shoulder pain treated?

Release Integrative Medicine develops individualized treatment plans for your neck or shoulder pain based on the underlying cause. If acupuncture is recommended, needles are inserted at specific points along your meridian pathway to restore the balance and flow of Qi.

To optimize health and wellness, your neck and shoulder pain treatment plan may also include therapies like:

  • Frequency specific microcurrent or focused light therapy
  • Acupressure
  • Diet modification
  • Exercise prescription
  • Chinese botanical medicine


Release Integrative Medicine works closely with you to help you regain your health and prevent future problems.

For a natural approach to managing your neck and shoulder pain, contact Release Integrative Medicine by phone or online today.