Australian clinical practice guidelines recommend multi-modal treatment for neck pain. At XPhysiotherapy we follow an evidenced based approach. Treatment of neck pain is based on a thorough assessment so that we can treat the source of the pain.

What to expect

When you come to XPhysiotherapy we first conduct a subjective assessment. We will ask you:

  • Where your pain is
  • What makes it worse
  • What makes it better
  • What happens to your pain at night and in the morning
  • Do you get associated neck and arm pain
  • How is your general health
  • Have you had your neck pain before
  • How did this episode of pain start

The physiotherapist will then examine you. The physiotherapist will ask to see your neck so you will need to take your shirt off. They will look at:

  • Your posture
  • The movement of your neck
  • They will then palpate your neck joints
  • They will look at your ability to activate your neck muscles


The treatment of your neck will be based on the information from the assessment. Generally treatment will involve a combination of:

  • Manual therapy
  • Exercise prescription
  • Postural advice
  • Tape
  • Acupuncture if warranted

You will be given a home program of exercises to continue on your own.