Never heard of it? I’m not a betting kinda gal, but I would almost be tempted to lay money on the fact that you’ve had, still got, or going to get a bout some time real soon.

Over 90% of Australians have an internet connection and a device - a laptop, tablet, computer &/or a smartphone, which is cool, because we surf the internet for information for work, school and personal reasons (other than cute cat videos).

We use our devices, on average, for over 5 hours a day, which plays havoc on our neck and shoulder muscles. It’s called neck flexion or forward neck syndrome in medical terms, but I reckon text neck is pretty spot on.

Let’s face it.. no-one’s giving up the tech and some of us have bigger heads than others.

Our necks are a mechanical masterpiece, weighing around 5kg and able to withstand short periods of pressure at up to 5 times that. Short periods. Not 5 hours of sustained pressure.

No wonder our necks are sore!


The recommendations currently include a thorough physical examination (to identify possible causes of neck pain), and X-rays only if trauma is suspected. First line treatment options include non-opioid analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, but these are only recommended for short term use under medical supervision and are offered in conjunction with other, more conservative options, like physiotherapy and exercise. BUT these interventions become less effective as time passes. Bummer!


Now for the good news!

High quality research reports that acupuncture, acupressure and cupping can be an efficacious treatment option for chronic neck pain.

Here are the key points:

  •  When compared to sham acupuncture, there was significant evidence in favour of real acupuncture for pain relief.

  •  Real acupuncture showed superior effects (compared to sham) up to one month post treatment (although the effects diminished at the 3 month follow up - the importance of following a treatment plan!).

  •  Real acupuncture vs no treatment offered a highly statistically significant benefit.

  •  Only mild side effects from acupuncture were reported, including local bleeding, fainting, pain and numbness.

And not only does acupuncture show evidence for pain relief, it is also a cost effective treatment option.

So, what are you waiting for? Your head to fall off??

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