Be sure to hit all the TP ’hot spots’
The local mechanisms for analgesic effects reported after dry needling remain a point of study and discussion and little clarity currently exists in this regard. Central opioid release may be one mechanism that can
Dry needling versus acupuncture: the ongoing debate
A few weeks back we posted a blog discussing three reasons why you should declare yourself as a dry needling (DN) practitioner and not an acupuncturist. This drew some interesting comments. So here is a
Adverse events versus side effects- What is the difference?
Although dry needling is an intervention which carries very low risks, there are risk involved. In the context of dry needling the side effects and adverse effects can be defined as follows: Side
Its only a matter of time
I was happy to note that yet another systematic review, this time from a Chinese research team, found dry needling to be an evidence-based intervention for the treatment of neck and shoulder pain. Effectiveness of
Fasciculations, twitches and contractions; terminology does matter…
One of the aspects that keeps dogging the ‘Myofascial Pain Syndrome’ world are inaccuracies; This extends to how we use terms to explain what is observed and ultimately treated. Recently, I came across a study
Android version of dry needling 101
To all of our android users, we are currently working on an android version of our dry needling 101 app. Hopefully it's released at the end of this year, but have patience:)
What’s the flow?
When implementing a clinical intervention protocol, it can sometimes be a little hard to decide on the sequencing of the different elements. Should you start with massage/soft tissue work or should you do the needling
What does dry needling actually do?
In managing Myofascial Pain Syndromes, the elicitation of muscle twitches is still considered as the hallmark of effective treatment. These local twitches/contractions seem to result from: Stimulation of the motor end-plate zones (MEPZs) which
A needle is a needle… or is it?
A needle is a needle… or is it? The use of acupuncture needles has proliferated among those of us who treat myofascial trigger points (TPs) using dry needling. The rationale is understandable as a
Dose-Response relationships in dry needling
Dose-Response relationships in dry needling Dose-response is mostly discussed in the context of pharmacological agents. However, patients often request from their dry needling (DN) clinician a prognosis of how any treatments they will require for
The Biceps – playing for both north and south
The Biceps-‘playing for both north and south’ It is easy to forget the Biceps Brachii when patients present with shoulder and elbow pain. Even a thorough local examination of either joint area is not
Clinical concomitants during and after dry needling- the patient should not be a surprised…
Consider for a moment the diagram and its accompanying explanation below: This is a diagrammatic representation of part of a myofascial trigger point showing two motor endplates (MEPs) and juxtapositional contraction knots (CKs). A
Trigger point dry needling of the Deltoid muscle- Don’t be fooled
The Deltoid muscle often does not get much attention, because its TPs are relatively easy to locate and pain referral is experienced locally. However, two aspects should be kept in mind: The Deltoid lies in
Superficial and Deep Dry Needling
Superficial and Deep Dry Needling- a little perspective using the Trapezius of female research participants as a point of reference When dry needling TPs a distinction is made between superficial (SDN) and deep dry needling
Dry needling with precision matters… and its measured in fractions of a millimeter when it comes to Trigger Points.
I had been struggling with a particularly resistant case of Lateral Epicondylosis, which had a significant myofascial pain component of the forearm extensors. I had convinced myself that the TPs were no longer active, despite
Deep neck muscles and Myofascial Pain Syndrome; are we paying enough attention?
In general, muscle spindles are important for the control of movement and posture in mammals as they sense muscle length and changes in muscle length. In humans, the deep muscles of the neck (rectus capitis
Physiological Effects of Dry Needling
Physiological Effects of Dry Needling The exact mechanisms of action of dry needling (DN) in the deactivation of trigger points (TPs) are currently unknown. Most of our current understanding of the systemic physiologic effects
Acupuncture vs dry needling
Do you know what the difference is? We've created a table overview of the main differences below. [custom_table style="1"] Acupuncture Dry needling Traditional Chinese system of healing based on energy concepts Intervention used to relieve
Another book review
A new review has been published by the Danish physiotherapist organization. The review is in danish but to sum up they recommend the book as a practical guide. http://fysio.dk/Fysioterapeuten/Arkiv/2013/Boganmeldelse-Et-relevant-redskab-med-forbehold/#.UcWD6JWaBz8 Please leave a reply in the
Great review in "Kiropraktoren". Check out page 37. The article is in danish http://mags.datagraf.dk/kiropraktoren/7/
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No deferral time after acupuncture treatment in chiropractic practices!
Since the book has been published, the deferral time for Danish blood donors that receive acupuncture treatment in chiropractic practices has been changed. The Danish blood bank has announced that there is no longer any
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Book available at acupunctureshop.com
Now Dry Needling 101 is also available at acupunctureshop.com, which is a website for acupuncturists.
The book is presented as new litterature in the danish chiropracor members magazine "Kiropraktoren" http://mags.datagraf.dk/kiropraktoren/6/