Interesting study from the Journal of manipulative and physiological therapies on the effect of dry needling for muscle pain.
They were looking at the effects of dry needling ( acupuncture without meridian theory ) on the women that had upper trapezius pain.
What they found that was the effect was of greatest benefits when the needles were inserted away from the trigger point ( tight knot located in the muscle belly ) rather than trying to needle directly in the middle of the knot.
This makes sense as often when a needle is inserted directly into a ” hot ” are sometimes the body just reacts more once it’s alarm bells have been activated.
I had quite a few neck torticolis to deal with last time in Okinawa and that was often the same lessons. Sometimes a gentle indirect approach is best. The rule of thumb is if so something is hot go in indirect and if something is chronic then sometimes a bit of caveman soft tissue work can be indicated.
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Dry Needling and Photobiomodulation Decreases Myofascial Pain in Trapezius of Women: Randomized Blind Clinical Trial
Dalpiaz Et al
Published:November 26, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmpt.2020.07.00