Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Needling Therapy for Myofascial Pain Control


Publishing date
21 Jun 2013
Status
Published
Submission deadline
01 Feb 2013

Lead Editor

1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92868, USA

2Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine, Sao Paulo, Brazil

3Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, Alicante University General Hospital, Alicante, Spain


Needling Therapy for Myofascial Pain Control

Description

Myofascial pain is a common clinical pain problem due to the existence of active myofascial trigger points (MTrPs). MTrP is a hyperirritable painful spot due to accumulation of hypersensitive nociceptors in a spot of skeletal muscle. It is characterized with localized pain, taut band with limited range of stretch, referred pain, local twitch response, motor dysfunction, and autonomic phenomena. Most adults have latent MTrPs in many muscles without pain but tenderness. The active MTrPs are painful spontaneously or painful in response to movement of the involved muscle. There are many therapeutic approaches to reduce the pain from active MTrPs. Needling therapy such as MTrP injection, MTrP dry needling, or acupuncture is very effective to inactivate an MTrP if it is performed in an appropriate way. However, the exact mechanism of needling effect is still not completely understood.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the therapeutic approach to apply needling in treating MTrPs or other related pain disorders and to understand the mechanism of needling in treating MTrP. We are particularly interested in articles describing the new therapeutic modalities for clinical treatment of pain syndrome. Potential topics include, but not limited to:

  • Newly developed technique of needling therapy with good effectiveness in treating chronic pain
  • Newly developed needling technique comparing to other procedures for myofascial pain control
  • Remote effects of needling therapy for myofascial pain control
  • Mechanism of needling therapy for myofascial pain control
  • Animal model for the study on needling therapy for myofascial pain control
  • Newly developed technique of assessment on needling therapy, such as neuro-imaging technique (including MRI, sonography, pep scan, etc.)

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 946597
  • - Editorial

Needling Therapy for Myofascial Pain Control

Chang-Zern Hong
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 478202
  • - Research Article

Comparisons of Prediction Models of Myofascial Pain Control after Dry Needling: A Prospective Study

Yuan-Ting Huang | Choo-Aun Neoh | ... | Hon-Yi Shi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 287184
  • - Research Article

Remote Effect of Lower Limb Acupuncture on Latent Myofascial Trigger Point of Upper Trapezius Muscle: A Pilot Study

Kai-Hua Chen | Kuang-Yu Hsiao | ... | Wei-Chi Hsieh
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 260806
  • - Research Article

Neuromuscular Damage and Repair after Dry Needling in Mice

Ares Domingo | Orlando Mayoral | ... | Manel M. Santafé
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 694941
  • - Research Article

Efficacy of Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling in the Prevention of Pain after Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Trial

Orlando Mayoral | Isabel Salvat | ... | Constantino Rodríguez
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 381459
  • - Review Article

Botulinum Toxin for the Treatment of Myofascial Pain Syndromes Involving the Neck and Back: A Review from a Clinical Perspective

José M. Climent | Ta-Shen Kuan | ... | Francisco Martin-del-Rosario
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 705327
  • - Review Article

Probable Mechanisms of Needling Therapies for Myofascial Pain Control

Li-Wei Chou | Mu-Jung Kao | Jaung-Geng Lin
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 353916
  • - Research Article

Remote Subcutaneous Needling to Suppress the Irritability of Myofascial Trigger Spots: An Experimental Study in Rabbits

Zhonghua Fu | Yueh-Ling Hsieh | ... | Li-Wei Chou
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 342165
  • - Research Article

Dry Needling at Myofascial Trigger Spots of Rabbit Skeletal Muscles Modulates the Biochemicals Associated with Pain, Inflammation, and Hypoxia

Yueh-Ling Hsieh | Shun-An Yang | ... | Li-Wei Chou
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 142941
  • - Research Article

Percutaneous Soft Tissue Release for Treating Chronic Recurrent Myofascial Pain Associated with Lateral Epicondylitis: 6 Case Studies

Ming-Ta Lin | Li-Wei Chou | ... | Mu-Jung Kao
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