Dry Needling and Antithrombotic Drugs

Pain Res Manag. 2022 Jan 7;2022:1363477. doi: 10.1155/2022/1363477. eCollection 2022. ABSTRACT Many clinicians increasingly use dry needling in clinical practice. However, whether patients’ intake of antithrombotic drugs should be considered as a contraindication for dry needling has not been investigated to date. As far as we know, there are no publications in analyzing the intake of antiplatelet or anticoagulant agents …

Functional intermuscular reduction in spasticity for people with multiple sclerosis

Mult Scler J Exp Transl Clin. 2022 Jan 5;8(1):20552173211061547. doi: 10.1177/20552173211061547. eCollection 2022 Jan-Mar. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Eighty-five percent of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) incur gait impairments debilitating enough to significantly impact their function. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine if a novel combination of intermuscular electrical stimulation, followed by functional electrical stimulation combined with supported bodyweight …

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 …

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 …

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 …