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Dry Needling for Neck Pain

Acupuncture or “dry needling” is a safe and effective treatment used by physiotherapists for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.


Physiotherapists often chose to use dry needling to treat a patient with a tight and painful neck.


Neck pain may be caused by whiplash, degenerative neck disorders, changes in activity, postures and many more factors.

Neck pain can be associated with tight and painful muscles restricting movement and causing concern. Tightness and dysfunction in these muscles may also contribute to headaches. It is these tight muscles that physiotherapists target during dry needling, to restore normal movement and decrease pain in the neck and head area.


If you present with neck pain, your Physiotherapist may consider dry needling if they believe soft tissues (muscles) to be contributing to your condition. They will explain the risks to you, and ensure you understand what to expect during and after your treatment.


Practitioners who perform dry needling have completed rigorous training to ensure the treatment is highly effective and meets national safety standards. Dry needling treatments are often combined with other physiotherapy treatment, however it is recommended you follow the advice of your health professional as to whether it is right for you and your health considerations.


Dry needling is a skilled intervention and should always be coupled with a targeted home program and rehabilitation plan.

In our clinic, no referral is required to see a physiotherapist for dry needling. You will need to complete a thorough assessment with the physiotherapist, and be deemed safe and likely to benefit from this treatment.

There is no extra cost for this; it is included in the usual physiotherapy consultation rate.


In summary, dry needling is a treatment method that is both safe and effective conducted by a licensed physiotherapist to reduce pain and muscle tension while improving mobility at the same time.


Several musculoskeletal problems, including neck pain, acute and chronic injuries, overuse, sciatica, back pain, muscle tension, tendinitis, knee pain, hip pain, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, golfer’s bow, and more, may benefit from treatment with dry needling.




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