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Dry Needling, What’s the point?
Research (2,3) has grown in the past number of years, investigating dry needling for tendon issues. One paper (4) identified that taut bands created by active and latent trigger points placed additional strain on tendon insertions which stemmed the development of an enthesopathy or an attachment of a trigger point. More recent research (5) shows moderate evidence that suggests that dry needling can be effective for improving pain intensity and pain-related disability in individuals with neck pain symptoms associated with Trigger Points. Along with manual and exercise therapy patients can experience an immediate short-term reduction.
Additionally, dry needling can benefit those who experience tension type and cervicogenic headaches! A systematic review (6) reported that dry needling is an effective treatment in reducing the frequency and intensity of cervicogenic headaches. Outcome measurements were collected through a visual analogue scale from the patients. Two studies within the review showed significant improvements with dry needling over 4-5 weeks of treatments. So, what’s the point? Reading through the research we can recognise dry needling can stimulate recovery as a sole treatment or as an adjunct with exercise therapy.
- Legge D. A history of dry needling. Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain. 2014 Sep 1;22(3):301-7.
- Kubo K, Yajima H, Takayama M, Ikebukuro T, Mizoguchi H, Takakura N. Effects of acupuncture and heating on blood volume and oxygen saturation of human Achilles tendon in vivo. European journal of applied physiology. 2010 Jun;109(3):545-50.
- Nagraba Ł, Tuchalska J, Mitek T, Stolarczyk A, Deszczyński J. Dry needling as a method of tendinopathy treatment. Ortopedia, traumatologia, rehabilitacja. 2013 Mar 1;15(2):109-16.
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