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Why do my shoulders and neck hurt so much?!

Tension, tension, tension…


Are you saying I’m tense?

Well, in a word, yes! People often perform actions whilst over-using their muscles and often are not even aware that they are over-using them. Over time, a pattern of tension builds into the way they move and chronically tense muscles are simple more likely to get injured.

Working in one position for hours on end is a guaranteed way to build tension patterns in your body.


Why does it keep happening?

Tension build-up is a major culprit in the injury of soft tissues in the body. Tension builds up when we use our body (in both normal day-to-day life as well as during exercise) in a ‘tense’ way.

By this we mean that you regularly perform actions (even simple ones such as breathing) by using the incorrect muscles and using them in an inefficient and strenuous way.


How can you help me release this tension?

Physical tension can be released through massage therapy and acupuncture, but you also need to retrain yourself and learn new ways of moving so that you do not live in way that builds up tension habitually.

We can provide lessons on Eastern Body Movement alongside a Tui Na or acupuncture session and also can include sessions on breath retraining and mindfulness training to help you approach the emotional and mental tension that also builds up and contributes to muscle injury.


What do you need to do now?


Maria, Dalston

“I had suffered from back pain (sciatica) for 8 years on and off. During a particularly painful episode I decided to try acupuncture and i really can’t recommend it enough – I had six treatments with Ross over six months ago and I haven’t experienced any back pain since.”

Cinnamen, Shoreditch

“For years I have suffered neck pain, back pain, migraines and felt constantly tired and drained, but after a few sessions of acupuncture with Ross the migraines have finally stopped, and my day to day working life has become so much easier. I highly recommend Ross as a skilled practitioner. He has been a wonderful support also for the emotional stress that is a result of my years of pain.”

Jan Quinlan, Surrey

Could I please request a bottle of you magical tincture for the bladder. My condition is a 1000x time better but it is just for those occasions when I feel I need a little extra help alleviating any niggling discomfort.


Fixed from physical pain, fixed emotionally, more energy, perspective and the will to get back up and live another day. This may all sound very big but it's what happens... there are other days when I just need a "top up" and that works fantastically too! So what ever you are going through from a bit of tiredness to a life crisis I