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Evaluating Fascial Manipulation for Treating Pain and Disability

This article was sparked by a recent systematic review in an area I have been following for some time, Fascial Manipulation (FM).1  As clinicians, we all are in a never-ending search for treatments that add value to our patients, particularly when it comes to those in pain and struggling with their functional movement. It is …

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Impact of Needle Diameter on Long-Term Dry Needling Treatment of Chronic Lumbar Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Gang Wang, MS ; Qian Gao, MD ; Jun Li, MS ; Yuling Tian, MS ; Jingshan Hou, BS Click Here to Download the PDF Abstract: Wang G, Gao Q, Li J, Tian Y, Hou J: Impact of needle diameter on long-term dry needling treatment of chronic lumbar myofascial pain syndrome. Am J Phys Med …

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New is the well-forgotten old: The use of dry cupping in musculoskeletal medicine

Evgeni Rozenfeld, BPT a,b, Leonid Kalichman, PT, PhD a,* Research Link: http://www.bodyworkmovementtherapies.com/article/S1360-8592(15)00279-X/pdf Link opens in a new window Review: “There is initial scientific evidence that dry cupping is able to reduce musculoskeletal pain. Since cupping is an inexpensive, noninvasive and low-risk (if performed by a trained pra- ctitioner) therapeutic modality, we believe that it should …

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Trigger Point Dry Needling and Proprioceptive Exercises for the Management of Chronic Ankle Instability: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Read This Research Research Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4430654/ Link opens in a new window Research Objective: Objective. To compare the effects of combined trigger point dry needling (TrP-DN) and proprioceptive/strengthening exercises to proprioceptive/strengthening exercises on pain and function in ankle instability … Click here to read more.

Dry needling: a literature review with implications for clinical practice guidelines

Read This Research Research Link: http://www.maneyonline.com/doi/full/10.1179/108331913X13844245102034 Link opens in a new window Research Objectives: To operationalize an appropriate definition for dry needling based on the existing literature and to further investigate the optimal frequency, duration, and intensity of dry needling for both spinal and extremity neuromusculoskeletal conditions … Click here to read more.

Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture: The Ongoing Debate

Read This Research Research Link: http://aim.bmj.com/content/33/6/485.long Link opens in a new window Abstract Although Western medical acupuncture (WMA) is commonly practised in the UK, a particular approach called dry needling (DN) is becoming increasingly popular in other countries. The legitimacy of the use of DN by conventional non-physician healthcare professionals is questioned by acupuncturists. This …

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Efficacy of myofascial trigger point dry needling in the prevention of pain after total knee arthroplasty: a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23606888 Abstract The aim of this study was to determine whether the dry needling of myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) is superior to placebo in the prevention of pain after total knee arthroplasty. Forty subjects were randomised to a true dry needling group (T) or to a sham group (S). All were examined for MTrPs by …

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Baseline Examination Factors Associated With Clinical Improvement After Dry Needling in Individuals With Low Back Pain

http://www.jospt.org/doi/abs/10.2519/jospt.2015.5801#.VZFqFBNVhHx Objectives: To explore for associations between demographic, patient history, and physical examination variables and short-term improvement in self-reported disability following dry needling therapy performed on individuals with low back pain (LBP).   Baseline Examination Factors Associated With Clinical Improvement After Dry Needling in Individuals With Low Back Pain

Evidence for the use of dry needling and physiotherapy in the management of cervicogenic or tension-type headache: a systematic review.

Full Article There is good evidence in the literature supporting physiotherapy in the management of some forms of headache. Dry needling of myofascial trigger points is becoming an increasingly common approach despite a paucity of research evidence supporting its use. The purpose of this review was to determine the evidence supporting the use of dry …

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Peripheral and Central Considerations

Dommerholt J. Full Article Dry needling is a common treatment technique in orthopedic manual physical therapy. Although various dry needling approaches exist, the more common and best supported approach targets myofascial trigger points. This article aims to place trigger point dry needling within the context of pain sciences. From a pain science perspective, trigger points …

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Trigger point dry needling as an adjunct treatment for a patient with adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder.

Clewley D, Flynn TW, Koppenhaver S. Full Article Study Design Case report. Background Prognosis for adhesive capsulitis has been described as self-limiting and can persist for 1 to 3 years. Conservative treatment that includes physical therapy is commonly advised. Case Description The patient was a 54-year-old woman with primary symptoms of shoulder pain and loss …

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Effectiveness of dry needling for upper quarter myofascial pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is associated with hyperalgesic zones in muscle called myofascial trigger points. When palpated, active myofascial trigger points cause local or referred symptoms, including pain. Dry needling involves inserting an acupuncture-like needle into a myofascial trigger point, with the goal of reducing pain and restoring range of motion. The objective of this …

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Consensus for dry needling for plantar heel pain (plantar fasciitis): a modified Delphi study

Cotchett MP1, Landorf KB, Munteanu SE, Raspovic AM Abstract In order to develop a treatment protocol to evaluate the effectiveness of dry needling for plantar heel pain we conducted a three stage modified Delphi process using a web-based survey technique. Over a series of three iterations, 30 experts (participants) worldwide indicated their level of agreement …

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