Have you ever woken up with a stiff neck or a “crick in your neck?” All you can think of is, “I must have slept wrong!” Well, even though this type of pain is usually short-lived, there is something that you can do to loosen those neck muscles. Luo Zhen to the rescue! This wonderful point literally means “Stiff Neck,” and it does exactly as it says. It helps to loosen up the muscles in the neck, like the scalenes, the upper trapezius, and the sternocleidomastoid, and helps dull the pain.
This point is found on the top of the hand, between the index and middle fingers.
Find it by starting at the web of your fingers and pop just over the hump of the knuckles. Look for a “tender” spot, or an area that feels like it is bruised. Unlike most acupuncture points for pain, I find this point to be most effective when used on the same side of the neck pain. I like to press deeply in little, tiny circles and think, “I am sending my energy to the deepest bone-level.” I know, it sounds kind of weird, but I want the point to work and it won’t work if you are just thinking and pressing superficially.