Don’t suffer with a Pain in the Neck

 man holding neckHere I am referring to actual neck pain, not a noisy neighbour or the like!


Fact, medical acupuncture for neck pain is an effective form of treatment. Findings from an Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis showed an effect size of 0.8 for neck pain, this is considered a large effect, a clear indication of clinical effectiveness.1


This data was updated in 2018. The conclusion was that acupuncture is also effective for the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal, headache, and osteoarthritis pain. Treatment effects of acupuncture persisted over time and it was stated this cannot be explained solely in terms of placebo effects. The conclusion was that referral for a course of acupuncture treatment is a reasonable option for a patient with chronic pain.2


My clinical experience suggests acupuncture is even more effective when combined with manual therapy and exercise when treating neck pain. When using acupuncture I would often target tender trigger points within the neck muscles, this may be referred to as ‘dry needling’ when using acupuncture for this purpose.


By Simon



1. Vickers AJ, Cronin AM, Maschino AC, Lewith G, MacPherson H, Foster NE, Sherman KJ, Witt CM, Linde K, Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration FT. Acupuncture for chronic pain: individual patient data meta-analysis. Archives of internal medicine. 2012 Oct 22;172(19):1444-53.


2. Vickers, A.J., Vertosick, E.A., Lewith, G., MacPherson, H., Foster, N.E., Sherman, K.J., Irnich, D., Witt, C.M., Linde, K. and Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration, 2018. Acupuncture for chronic pain: update of an individual patient data meta-analysis. The Journal of Pain, 19(5), pp.455-474.

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