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Neck Pain

Neck pain is our most commonly treated condition at Wellness Osteo. We enjoy managing neck pain because having a patient finally realise that it’s not normal to be in pain on a daily basis is a big win for us.

Osteopathic treatment for neck pain

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How does osteopathic treatment for neck pain work?

When treating neck pain, we start by taking a thorough history of your neck pain. Documenting a thorough history assists us to determine what has caused your pain and also what goals you might like to achieve when returning to normal activity. Common causes of neck pain include:

  • Muscle strains
  • Joint sprains
  • Disc injuries
  • Nerve impingements
  • Arthritis
  • Postural imbalances
  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain

We then look at your posture and how you move via a physical examination to confirm the cause of your pain. We perform a range of tests, including motion tests, functional tests, orthopaedic tests, and a neurological exam.


Once complete, your osteopath will discuss your prognosis (neck pain treatment plan) with you. We will also discuss a working diagnosis (cause) of your pain, treatment options, whether further referrals are required, education on activity modification and ergonomics. Finally, we produce an individual rehabilitation plan focused on achieving your goals.

We then set about using a wide variety of manual therapy techniques to assist with your neck pain and headaches, which may include:

  • Soft tissue massage
  • Joint mobilisations
  • Dry needling therapy
  • Rocktape
  • Myofascial release
  • Functional cupping
  • Lymphatic drainage


We’ll finish up by retesting the same region to gauge any change in the tissues and range of motion. We then summarise your management plan to ensure that you go home understanding how we plan on managing your neck pain together.