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Use of Massage Therapy for Pain, 2018-2023: A Systematic Review

JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Jul 1;7(7):e2422259. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2024.22259. ABSTRACT IMPORTANCE: Massage therapy is a popular treatment that has been advocated for dozens of painful adult health conditions and has a large evidence base. OBJECTIVE: To map systematic reviews, conclusions, and certainty or quality of evidence for outcomes of massage therapy for painful adult health conditions. […]

Immediate Effect of Ultrasound-Guided Dry Needling on Soleus Muscle Spasticity in Stroke Survivors

Cureus. 2024 Jun 12;16(6):e62251. doi: 10.7759/cureus.62251. eCollection 2024 Jun. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Dry needling (DN) is commonly used to treat various neuromuscular syndromes. It is effective in reducing spasticity in stroke and other neurological conditions. The current study explores the immediate effect of ultrasound-guided dry needling on soleus muscle spasticity and thickness in individuals with stroke. […]

The effect of combining physiotherapy with dry needling in patients with cervical spondylosis: A randomized controlled trial

J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2024 Jun 16. doi: 10.3233/BMR-230287. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: There are no data on the additional contribution of dry needling (DN) for trigger points (TPs) accompanying patients with cervical spondylosis (CS). OBJECTIVE: To analyse the contribution of DN applied to concomitant active TPs in the upper trapezius muscle on […]

Effects of dry needling on spasticity and motor function in paralympic athletes: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med. 2024 Jun 25;10(2):e002096. doi: 10.1136/bmjsem-2024-002096. eCollection 2024. ABSTRACT No study has evaluated the effects of dry needling on Paralympic athletes. Therefore, in this study, we will evaluate the effect of dry needling on lower limb spasticity and motor performance, as well as the range of motion of Paralympic athletes. The […]

Ultrasound imaging and guidance in the management of myofascial pain syndrome: a narrative review

J Yeungnam Med Sci. 2024 Jun 17. doi: 10.12701/jyms.2024.00416. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a common musculoskeletal disorder characterized by muscle pain, tenderness, and trigger points. Ultrasonography has emerged as a key tool for diagnosing and treating MPS owing to its ability to provide precise, minimally invasive guidance. This review […]

Dry Needling in Overhead Athletes with Myofascial Shoulder Pain: A Systematic Review

Sports (Basel). 2024 Jun 5;12(6):156. doi: 10.3390/sports12060156. ABSTRACT The treatment of myofascial pain in athletes requires a set of rehabilitation techniques that aim to be effective quickly. In this context, dry needling (DNY) has shown interesting results due to its ability to reduce pain in the short term. Thus, the aim of this study was […]

Placebo and nocebo effects of percutaneous needle electrolysis and dry-needling: an intra and inter-treatment sessions analysis of a three-arm randomized double-blinded controlled trial in patients with patellar tendinopathy

Front Med (Lausanne). 2024 Jun 6;11:1381515. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2024.1381515. eCollection 2024. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the influence of potential placebo and nocebo effects on pain perception of percutaneous needle electrolysis (PNE) in individuals with patellar tendinopathy. METHODS: In this secondary analysis of a three-arm randomized double-blinded controlled trial, intra and inter-session pain perception […]

The Effect of Ankle Muscles Dry Needling on Brain Activity Map Based on fMRI: a Study Protocol for Randomized Controlled Trial

J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2024 Jun 30;17(3):94-99. doi: 10.51507/j.jams.2024.17.3.94. ABSTRACT IMPORTANCE: Neuromodulation may be one of the underlying mechanisms of dry needling (DN); however, the mechanism has not yet been fully clarified. OBJECTIVE: This randomized controlled trial is designed to evaluate DN stimulation of the tibialis anterior and peroneus longus muscles in chronic ankle instability […]

Effect of heat-reinforcing needling on hypoxia-inducible factor 1alpha and glycolysis activity in rabbits with cold syndrome of rheumatoid arthritis

Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2024 Jun 25;49(6):585-593. doi: 10.13702/j.1000-0607.20230487. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVES: To observe the effect of heat-reinforcing needling (HRN) on synovial inflammation, hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) and glycolytic activity in serum and synovial tissue in rabbits with cold syndrome of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), so as to explore its mechanisms underlying improvement of RA. METHODS: A total […]

The Effect of Acupuncture on Brain Iron Deposition and Body Iron Metabolism in Vascular Cognitive Impairment: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial

JMIR Res Protoc. 2024 Jun 17;13:e56484. doi: 10.2196/56484. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) persistently impairs cognition and the ability to perform activities of daily living, seriously compromising patients’ quality of life. Previous studies have reported that disorders of serum iron metabolism and iron deposition in the brain can lead to inflammation, abnormal protein aggregation […]

Effectiveness of fractional erbium-YAG laser, microneedling, platelet-rich plasma in localized stable vitiligo patients: randomized clinical trial

Arch Dermatol Res. 2024 Jun 15;316(7):399. doi: 10.1007/s00403-024-03035-8. ABSTRACT Vitiligo is considered an autoimmune disease, and its treatment is challenging. We assessed and compared the effect of fractional erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Er:YAG) laser-assisted delivery of platelet-rich plasma versus microneedling (Mn) with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in enhancing skin repigmentation in localized stable vitiligo patients. In total, 40 patients […]

Acute effect of dry needling on trunk kinematics and balance of patients with non-specific low back pain

J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2024 Jul;39:24-31. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2024.02.010. Epub 2024 Feb 27. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Limited knowledge exists about the effectiveness of dry needling (DN) concerning the torso kinematics in patients with non-specific low back pain (NS-LBP). Acute effects of DN in NS-LBP patients from a functional perspective were investigated. METHODS: Sixteen NS-LBP patients and 11 […]

Dry needling effects on motor impairments in a patient with traumatic brain injury: A case study

J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2024 Jul;39:214-217. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2024.03.011. Epub 2024 Mar 7. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Motor impairments are common consequences of traumatic brain injury (TBI). It affects the individuals’ participation in activities of daily living (ADLs). Dry needling treatment (DNT) uses a specialized needle to alter cortical activity. This case study aims to examine the effects […]

Biomechanical profile after dry needling in mixed martial arts

Int J Sports Med. 2024 Jun 10. doi: 10.1055/a-2342-3679. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of dry needling (DN) intervention on the responses of muscle tone, stiffness, and elasticity, as well as power, pressure pain thresholds, and blood perfusion of the flexor carpi radialis muscle in […]

Effect of dry needling on pain and central sensitization in women with chronic pelvic pain: A randomized parallel-group controlled clinical trial

Heliyon. 2024 May 22;10(11):e31699. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2024.e31699. eCollection 2024 Jun 15. ABSTRACT Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is a debilitating problem in women with clear evidence of myofascial dysfunction. It seems that Myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) contribute to the development of central sensitization (CS). This study aimed to investigate the effect of dry needling on pain and […]

Treatment of Acne Scars with Microneedling and Chemical Reconstruction of Scarred Skin Therapy (CROSS) Using Penol/Croton Oil Combination

J Drugs Dermatol. 2024 Jun 1;23(6):418-422. doi: 10.36849/JDD.7657. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Microneedling has been shown to release growth factors, which improves the appearance of acne scars by itself and in combination with different therapy modalities. Combining microneedling with Chemical Reconstruction of Scarred Skin (CROSS) therapy using a 60% phenol and 0.2% croton oil combination results in […]

Physical Therapy Intervention Effects on Alteration of Spinal Excitability in Patients With Chronic Ankle Instability: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Sports Health. 2024 May 28:19417381241253248. doi: 10.1177/19417381241253248. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT CONTEXT: Chronic ankle instability (CAI) is a common injury in athletes. Different forms of physical therapy have been applied to the population with CAI to assess their impact on spinal excitability. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to investigate […]

Using Dry Needling to Improve the Quality of Life of Patients With Shoulder Dysfunction Following Neck Dissection: An Innovative Case Report

Cureus. 2024 Apr 18;16(4):e58541. doi: 10.7759/cureus.58541. eCollection 2024 Apr. ABSTRACT The spinal accessory nerve manipulation or sacrifice during neck dissection results in trapezius muscle denervation and atrophy, leading to shoulder disability. Patients start experiencing pain and weakness while moving their shoulders, including elevation, rotation, and abduction, as well as reduced range of motion (ROM) and […]


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