Regardless of the mechanism, dry needling and ischemic compression both seem to reduce myofascial pain. How about some more studies looking at muscle function and activation patterns?
"This study compared these treatment techniques to one another using the Neck Disability Index (NDI), a numeric rating scale (NRS), pressure pain threshold and muscle characteristics. 42 female patients with myofascial neck pain were randomly assigned to a treatment group and the 4 most painful MTrPs were treated using DN or MPT. No difference was found between the two techniques on the short and long term. Both techniques showed an improvement in NDI on the short and long term. "
The aim of this study was to compare dry needling to manual pressure in patients with myofascial pain.
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