Effects of focused ultrasound and dry needling on tendon mechanical properties

J Biomech. 2021 Dec 22;132:110934. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2021.110934. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT Tendon injuries are extremely common, resulting in mechanically weaker tendons that could lead to tendon rupture. Dry needling (DN) is widely used to manage pain and function after injury. However, DN is invasive and high inter-practitioner variability has led to mixed success rates. Focused ultrasound (fUS) is a …

Comparative Effect of Dry Needling and Neural Mobilization on Pain, Strength, Range of Motion, and Quality of Life in Patients With Lateral Epicondylitis: Protocol for Randomized Clinical Trial

J Chiropr Med. 2021 Jun;20(2):77-84. doi: 10.1016/j.jcm.2021.09.001. Epub 2021 Dec 15. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to describe a study protocol that will aim to assess the effectiveness of adding dry needling or neural mobilization to conventional physiotherapy in the treatment of lateral epicondylitis. METHODS: We propose to conduct a 2-group, participant-blinded, randomized clinical trial with recruitment …

The effects of dry needling on the thumb: A case report

Hong Kong J Occup Ther. 2021 Dec;34(2):132-136. doi: 10.1177/15691861211043687. Epub 2021 Dec 20. ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Dry needling has been identified as a potential intervention for a variety of diagnoses. Limited evidence exists to support the use of dry needling following surgical intervention of a distal radius fracture. This case report demonstrates the impact of dry needling in the thumb following …

Exploring the Underlying Mechanisms of Action of Dry Needling: What Is the Immediate Effect on Muscle Electrophysiology? An Experimental Randomized Controlled Trial

Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2022 Jan 1;101(1):18-25. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001732. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: Dry needling is a commonly used treatment technique for myofascial pain syndromes, such as trapezius myalgia. Despite the shown positive clinical effects on pain, the underlying mechanisms of action, such as the effect on muscle electrophysiology, remain unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect …

Ultrasonographic Validation for Needle Placement in the Tibialis Posterior Muscle

Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2021 Dec 2;16(6):1541-1547. doi: 10.26603/001c.29854. eCollection 2021. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: The tibialis posterior (TP) muscle plays an important role in normal foot function. Safe, efficacious therapeutic approaches addressing this muscle are necessary; however, the location of the muscle in the deep posterior compartment can create challenges. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the …

The Effect of Dry Needling on Pain, Range of Motion of Ankle Joint, and Ultrasonographic Changes of Plantar Fascia in Patients With Plantar Fasciitis

J Sport Rehabil. 2021 Dec 15:1-6. doi: 10.1123/jsr.2021-0156. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT CONTEXT: Plantar fasciitis (PF) is a common and devastating disease. Despite different treatments, there is no clear evidence for the effect of these treatments on PF. One of the therapy methods used in physiotherapy is dry needling (DN). So the purpose of this study is to investigate …

Dry needling increases antioxidant activity and grip force in a rat model of muscle pain

Acupunct Med. 2021 Dec 11:9645284211056941. doi: 10.1177/09645284211056941. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Muscle pain syndromes (MPS) are one of the main causes of functional, structural and metabolic problems, being associated with tissue oxidative damage. Although dry needling is widely used in the treatment of MPS, there is little scientific evidence of its efficacy and underlying mechanisms of action. OBJECTIVES: …

Effects of dry needling on function, hypertonia and quality of life in chronic stroke: a randomized clinical trial

Acupunct Med. 2021 Dec 13:9645284211056347. doi: 10.1177/09645284211056347. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Persons with stroke commonly have impairments associated with a reduction in functionality. Motor impairments are the most prevalent, causing an impact on activities of daily life. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a session of dry needling (DN) applied to the …

A Case-Series of Dry Needling as an Immediate Sensory Integration Intervention

J Man Manip Ther. 2021 Dec 13:1-7. doi: 10.1080/10669817.2021.2011556. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Chronic low back pain (CLBP) has been associated with altered cortical mapping in the primary somatosensory cortex. Various sensory discrimination treatments have been explored to positively influence CLBP by targeting cortical maps. OBJECTIVES: To determine if dry needling (DN) applied to patients with CLBP would …

The importance of the local twitch response during needling interventions in spinal pain associated with myofascial trigger points: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Acupunct Med. 2021 Dec 13:9645284211056346. doi: 10.1177/09645284211056346. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical effects of needling interventions eliciting local twitch responses (LTRs) versus needling without eliciting LTRs when applied to muscle trigger points (TrPs) associated with spinal pain of musculoskeletal origin. DATABASES AND DATA TREATMENT: Electronic databases were searched for randomized or non-randomized clinical trials where …

Efficacy of Exercise on Postneedling Soreness: A Randomized Controlled Trial

J Clin Med. 2021 Nov 25;10(23):5527. doi: 10.3390/jcm10235527. ABSTRACT This study aimed to investigate the efficacy of concentric, eccentric, and isometric exercise protocols on the postneedling soreness (PNS) after the dry needling (DN) of latent myofascial trigger points (MTrP) in the medial gastrocnemius muscle. A randomized clinical trial was carried out. Volunteers, ≥18 years old, with a latent MTrP in …