Yes, acupuncture on the neck is safe. Acupuncturists are trained in specific needling techniques and styles in order to assure the safety of the treatment, this is why seeking out a trained and licensed acupuncturist is important, as other professions who do acupuncture 'on the side' like MDs and dry needling, in the case of physical therapists, have a very tiny fraction of the training of licensed acupuncturists. There are certainly risks in needling the neck from puncturing veins/arteries and even the brain, these risks are mitigated by proper training and needling technique, so you have nothing to worry about when seeing a properly trained acupuncturist.
Yvonne R. Farrell, DAOM, LAc
Yes, by a trained acupuncturist, acupuncture is safe for your neck. As with any acupuncture, there is the same risks of bleeding, infection, or trauma to a tissue. These are very low risks, making acupuncture a safe procedure overall.
Hope that helps!
Mary Hills, DACM, LAc
In the licensed acupuncturist's hand, acupuncture is safe to treat a majority of different parts of the body, including the neck.
Have a great day,
Certified and licensed acupuncturists are well trained in anatomy and physiology, particularly as those two things relate to acupuncture points. Any other provider's level of training is going to be a question mark - some will be quite knowledgable and some will not, and patients often don't have a reliable way of discriminating.
There is another variable in play - not all acupuncturists will treat a neck issue by placing needles in your neck. I typically get very good results with neck issues by putting needles in the ankles. It's complicated to explain, but it does work well. If you're nervous about having needles placed in your neck, you can call around and try to find someone who practices "distal" or "distant" acupuncture.
If you need help locating a provider, assuming you're not in CA, you can start at the "Find a Practitioner" link at NCCAOM.org.