Dry needling: A critical commentary of its effectiveness and safety profile

  title={Dry needling: A critical commentary of its effectiveness and safety profile},
  author={Stephen Gilmartin},
  journal={Physiotherapy Practice and Research},
  • S. Gilmartin
  • Published 17 July 2018
  • Medicine
  • Physiotherapy Practice and Research
2 Citations

The effectiveness of dry needling on hamstring flexibility: A systematic review

Evaluated studies found that while dry needling may not be a better option than stretching, it could be used as a means for improving hamstring flexibility, and possible factors include increased blood flow and oxygen saturation to the muscle as well as the release of myofascial trigger points.

Dry Needling in Physical Therapy Practice: Adverse Events

  • V. Valdes
  • Medicine
    International Journal of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
  • 2019
Dry needling is an increasingly utilized modality among physical therapists for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction and knowledge of the frequency and types of adverse events can help minimize their occurrence.



Comparison of Local Twitch Responses Elicited by Palpitation and Needling of Myofascial Trigger Points

The EMG characteristics of the LTRs elicited by needle insertion and those eliciting by snapping palpation were not significantly different in the mean number of discharges per LTR, mean duration, or discharge density.

Myofascial Pain Syndrome: Correlation between the Irritability of Trigger Points and the Prevalence of Local Twitch Responses during Trigger Point Injection

This study supports the hypothesis that in MPS there are multiple sensitized loci nociceptors in TrP regions and that the Local Twitch Response is related to the irritability of the TrP.

Superficial Dry Needling at Myofascial Trigger Point Sites

A brief review of the methods employed for the deactivation of myofascial trigger points [MTrPs] will be followed by a detailed account as to how this may be achieved by stimulating with a dry needle

Radiculopathic Pain: Diagnosis and Treatment of Segmental Irritation or Sensitization

This chapter reviews a large category of pain that can arise without injury or inflammation when there is abnormal function in the peripheral nervous system, i.e., peripheral neuropathy.

Systematic review of adverse events following acupuncture: the Japanese literature.

It is demonstrated that severe adverse events seem to be uncommon in standard practice, but many serious cases of negligence have been found in the present review, suggesting that training system for acupuncturists (including medical doctors) should be improved and that unsupervised self-treatment should be discouraged.

The Effectiveness of Trigger Point Dry Needling for Musculoskeletal Conditions by Physical Therapists: A Systematic Review and Meta‐analysis

Very low‐quality to moderate‐quality evidence suggests that dry needling performed by physical therapists is more effective than no treatment, sham dry needled, and other treatments for reducing pain and improving pressure pain threshold in patients presenting with musculoskeletal pain in the immediate to 12‐week follow‐up period.