Dry Needling

Liu L, Huang QM, Liu QG, Ye G, Bo CZ, Chen MJ, Li P. Effectiveness of dry
needling for myofascial trigger points associated with neck and shoulder pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2015
May;96(5):944-55
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Pecos-Martín D, Montañez-Aguilera FJ, Gallego-Izquierdo T, Urraca-Gesto A,
Gómez-Conesa A, Romero-Franco N, Plaza-Manzano G. Effectiveness of dry needling on the lower trapezius in patients with mechanical neck pain: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 May;96(5):775-81
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Sergienko S, Kalichman L. Myofascial origin of shoulder pain: a literature
review.
J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2015 Jan;19(1):91-101
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Gerber LH, Shah J, Rosenberger W, Armstrong K, Turo D, Otto P, Heimur J,
Thaker N, Sikdar S. Dry Needling Alters Trigger Points in the Upper Trapezius Muscle and Reduces Pain in Subjects With Chronic Myofascial Pain. PM R. 2015 Jul;7(7):711-8
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Mesa-Jiménez JA, Sánchez-Gutiérrez J, de-la-Hoz-Aizpurua JL,
Fernández-de-las-Peñas C. Cadaveric validation of dry needle placement in the lateral pterygoid muscle. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2015 Feb;38(2):145-50
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Sterling M, Vicenzino B, Souvlis T, Connelly LB. Dry-needling and exercise for
chronic whiplash-associated disorders: a randomized single-blind
placebo-controlled trial.
Pain. 2015 Apr;156(4):635-43
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Koppenhaver SL, Walker MJ, Su J, McGowen JM, Umlauf L, Harris KD, Ross MD.
Changes in lumbar multifidus muscle function and nociceptive sensitivity in low back pain patient responders versus non-responders after dry needling treatment. Man Ther. 2015 Dec;20(6):769-76
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Martín-Pintado-Zugasti A, Pecos-Martin D, Rodríguez-Fernández ÁL,
Alguacil-Diego IM, Portillo-Aceituno A, Gallego-Izquierdo T, Fernandez-Carnero J. Ischemic Compression After Dry Needling of a Latent Myofascial Trigger Point Reduces Postneedling Soreness Intensity and Duration. PM R. 2015
Oct;7(10):1026-34
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Salom-Moreno J, Ayuso-Casado B, Tamaral-Costa B, Sánchez-Milá Z,
Fernández-de-Las-Peñas C, Alburquerque-Sendín F. Trigger Point Dry Needling and Proprioceptive Exercises for the Management of Chronic Ankle Instability: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:790209
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Unverzagt C, Berglund K, Thomas JJ. Dry Needling for Myofascial Trigger Point Pain: A Clinical Commentary. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2015 Jun;10(3):402-18
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Koppenhaver SL, Walker MJ, Smith RW, Booker JM, Walkup ID, Su J, Hebert JJ,
Flynn T. Baseline Examination Factors Associated With Clinical Improvement After Dry Needling in Individuals With Low Back Pain. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015 Aug;45(8):604-12
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Téllez-García M, de-la-Llave-Rincón AI, Salom-Moreno J, Palacios-Ceña M,
Ortega-Santiago R, Fernández-de-Las-Peñas C. Neuroscience education in addition to trigger point dry needling for the management of patients with mechanical chronic low back pain: A preliminary clinical trial. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2015 Jul;19(3):464-72
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Bond BM, Kinslow C. Improvement in clinical outcomes after dry needling in a patient with occipital neuralgia. J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2015 Jun;59(2):101-10
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Fernández-de-Las-Peñas C, Layton M, Dommerholt J. Dry needling for the
management of thoracic spine pain.
J Man Manip Ther. 2015 Jul;23(3):147-53
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Turo D, Otto P, Hossain M, Gebreab T, Armstrong K, Rosenberger WF, Shao H,
Shah JP, Gerber LH, Sikdar S. Novel Use of Ultrasound Elastography to Quantify Muscle Tissue Changes After Dry Needling of Myofascial Trigger Points in Patients With Chronic Myofascial Pain. J Ultrasound Med. 2015 Dec;34(12):2149-61
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Zhou K, Ma Y, Brogan MS. Dry needling versus acupuncture: the ongoing debate. Acupunct Med. 2015 Dec;33(6):485-90
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Campa-Moran I, Rey-Gudin E, Fernández-Carnero J, Paris-Alemany A, Gil-Martinez A, Lerma Lara S, Prieto-Baquero A, Alonso-Perez JL, La Touche R. Comparison of Dry Needling versus Orthopedic Manual Therapy in Patients with Myofascial Chronic Neck Pain: A Single-Blind, Randomized Pilot Study. Pain Res Treat. 2015;2015:327307
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Llamas-Ramos R, Pecos-Martín D, Gallego-Izquierdo T, Llamas-Ramos I,
Plaza-Manzano G, Ortega-Santiago R, Cleland J, Fernández-de-Las-Peñas C.
Comparison of the short-term outcomes between trigger point dry needling and trigger point manual therapy for the management of chronic mechanical neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2014 Nov;44(11):852-61.
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Ziaeifar M, Arab AM, Karimi N, Nourbakhsh MR. The effect of dry needling on
pain, pressure pain threshold and disability in patients with a myofascial
trigger point in the upper trapezius muscle.
J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2014
Apr;18(2):298-305.
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Couto C, de Souza IC, Torres IL, Fregni F, Caumo W. Paraspinal stimulation combined with trigger point needling and needle rotation for the treatment of myofascial pain: a randomized sham-controlled clinical trial. Clin J Pain. 2014; 30 (3):214-23.
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Clewley D, Flynn TW, Koppenhaver S. Trigger point dry needling as an adjunct treatment for a patient with adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2014; 44 (2):92-101
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Rayegani SM, Bayat M, Bahrami MH, Raeissadat SA, Kargozar E. Comparison of dry needling and physiotherapy in treatment of myofascial pain syndrome. Clin Rheumatol. 2014; 33 (6): 859-64.
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France S, Bown J, Nowosilskyj M, Mott M, Rand S, Walters J. Evidence for the use of dry needling and physiotherapy in the management of cervicogenic or tension-type headache: a systematic review. Cephalalgia. 2014; 34 (12):994-1003.
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Cotchett MP, Munteanu SE, Landorf KB. Effectiveness of trigger point dry needling for plantar heel pain: a randomized controlled trial. Phys Ther. 2014; 94 (8): 1083-94.
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Martín-Pintado Zugasti A, Rodríguez-Fernández ÁL, García-Muro F, López-López A, Mayoral O, Mesa-Jiménez J, Fernández-Carnero J. Effects of spray and stretch on postneedling soreness and sensitivity after dry needling of a latent myofascial trigger point. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2014; 95 (10):1925-193
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Kietrys DM, Palombaro KM, Mannheimer JS. Dry needling for management of pain in the upper quarter and craniofacial region. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2014; 18 (8): 437.
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Ong J, Claydon LS. The effect of dry needling for myofascial trigger points in the neck and shoulders: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2014; 18 (3):390-8
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Brady S, McEvoy J, Dommerholt J, Doody C. Adverse events following trigger point dry needling: a prospective survey of chartered physiotherapists. J Man Manip Ther. 2014; 22(3):134-40.
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Hsieh YL, Yang CC, Liu SY, Chou LW, Hong CZ. Remote dose-dependent effects of dry needling at distant myofascial trigger spots of rabbit skeletal muscles on reduction of substance P levels of proximal muscle and spinal cords. Biomed Res Int. 2014; 2014: 982121
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Llamas-Ramos R, Pecos-Martín D, Gallego-Izquierdo T, Llamas-Ramos I, Plaza-Manzano G, Ortega-Santiago R, Cleland J, Fernández-de-Las-Peñas C. Comparison of the short-term outcomes between trigger point dry needling and trigger point manual therapy for the management of chronic mechanical neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2014; 44(11):852-61.
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Salom-Moreno J, Sánchez-Mila Z, Ortega-Santiago R, Palacios-Ceña M, Truyol-Domínguez S, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C. Changes in spasticity, widespread pressure pain sensitivity, and baropodometry after the application of dryneedling in patients who have had a stroke: a randomized controlled trial. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2014; 37 (8):569-79
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Wang G, Gao Q, Hou J, Li J. Effects of Temperature on Chronic Trapezius Myofascial Pain Syndrome during Dry Needling Therapy. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014; 2014: 638268.
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Zheng Y, Shi D, Wu X, Gu M, Ai Z, Tang K, Ye L, Wang X. Ultrasound-Guided Miniscalpel-Needle Release versus Dry Needling for Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014; 2014: 235817
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Settergren R. Treatment of supraspinatus tendinopathy with ultrasound guided dry needling. J Chiropr Med 2013; 12: 26-9.
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Tekin L, Akarsu S, Durmuş O, Cakar E, Dinçer U, Kıralp MZ. The effect of dry needling in the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome: a randomized double-blinded placebo-controlled trial. Clin Rheumatol 2013; 32: 309-15
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Mayoral O, Salvat I, Martín MT, Martín S, Santiago J, Cotarelo J, Rodríguez C Efficacy of myofascial trigger point dry needling in the prevention of pain after total knee arthroplasty: a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2013: 694941
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Kietrys DM, Palombaro KM, Azzaretto E, Hubler R, Schaller B, Schlussel JM, Tucker M. Effectiveness of dry needling for upper quarter myofascial pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2013; 43: 620-634
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Domingo A, Mayoral O, Monterde S, Santafé MM. Neuromuscular damage and repair after dry needling in mice. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2013; 2013: 260806
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Cagnie B, Dewitte V, Barbe T, Timmermans F, Delrue N, Meeus M. Physiologic effects of dry needling. Curr Pain Headache Rep 2013; 17: 348
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Maher RM, Hayes DM, Shinohara M. Quantification of dry needling and posture effects on myofascial trigger points using ultrasound shear-wave elastography. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2013; 94: 2146-50
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Vulfsons S, Ratmansky M, Kalichman L. Trigger point needling: techniques and outcome. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2012; 16(5):407-12
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Dıraçoğlu D, Vural M, Karan A, Aksoy C. Effectiveness of dry needling for the treatment of temporomandibular myofascial pain: A double-blind, randomized, placebo controlled study. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2012; 25(4):285-90
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Dommerholt J. Dry needling - peripheral and central considerations. J Man Manip Ther. 2011; 19(4):223-7
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Huang YT, Lin SY, Neoh CA, Wang KY, Jean YH, Shi HY. Dry needling for myofascial pain: prognostic factors. J Altern Complement Med 2011; 17: 755-62
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Niraj G, Collett BJ, Bone M. Ultrasound-guided trigger point injection: first description of changes visible on ultrasound scanning in the muscle containing the trigger point. Br J Anaesth 2011; 107: 474-5.
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Ay S, Evcik D, Tur BS. Comparison of injection methods in myofascial pain syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. Clin Rheumatol. 2010 Jan;29(1):19-23
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Fernández-Carnero J, La Touche R, Ortega-Santiago R, Galan-del-Rio F, Pesquera J, Ge HY, Fernández-de-Las-Peñas C. Short-term effects of dry needling of active myofascial trigger points in the masseter muscle in patients with temporomandibular disorders. J Orofac Pain. 2010 Winter;24(1):106-12.
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Srbely JZ, Dickey JP, Lee D, Lowerison M. Dry needle stimulation of myofascial trigger points evokes segmental anti-nociceptive effects. J Rehabil Med. 2010 May;42(5):463-8.
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Tsai CT, Hsieh LF, Kuan TS, Kao MJ, Chou LW, Hong CZ. Remote effects of dry needling on the irritability of the myofascial trigger point in the upper
trapezius muscle.
Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2010 Feb;89(2):133-40.
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Tough EA, White AR, Cummings TM et al. Acupuncture and dry needling in the management of myofascial trigger point pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. European Journal of Pain 2009; 13: 3-10
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Hsieh YL, Kao MJ, Kuan TS et al. Dry needling to a key myofascial trigger point may reduce the irritability of satellite MTrPs. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2007; 86 (5): 397-403
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Itoh K, Katsumi Y, Hirota S, Kitakoji H. Randomised trial of trigger point acupuncture compared with other acupuncture for treatment of chronic neck pain. Complement Ther Med. 2007 Sep;15(3):172-9. Epub 2006 Jul 10
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Dommerholt J, Mayoral-Del-Moral O, Gröbli C. Trigger point dry needling. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy 2006; 14: E70-E87
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Furlan AD, van Tulder M, Cherkin D, Tsukayama H, Lao L, Koes B, Berman B. Acupuncture and dry-needling for low back pain: an updated systematic review within the framework of the cochrane collaboration. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2005 Apr 15;30(8):944-63
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Huguenin L, Brukner PD, McCrory P, Smith P, Wajswelner H, Bennell K. Effect of dry needling of gluteal muscles on straight leg raise: a randomised, placebo controlled, double blind trial. Br J Sports Med. 2005 Feb;39(2):84-90.
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Edwards J, Knowles N. Superficial dry needling and active stretching in the
treatment of myofascial pain--a randomised controlled trial.
Acupunct Med. 2003
Sep;21(3):80-6.
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Cummings TM, White AR. Needling therapies in the management of myofascial trigger point pain: a systematic review. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2001; 82: 986–92.
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