Dry Needling Improves Spinal Mobility, Reduces Pain in Fibromyalgia, Study Finds

Dry Needling Improves Spinal Mobility, Reduces Pain in Fibromyalgia, Study Finds
A treatment for fibromyalgia known as dry needling reduces pain stemming from trigger points and increases spinal mobility, according to a clinical study. The technique uses needles to affect sensitive points in the muscle, which cause pain in seemingly unrelated body parts. Inactivating these trigger points appears to decrease pain. The study, “Effects of Dry Needling on Spinal Mobility and Trigger Points in Patients with Fibromyalgia Syndrome,” was published in Pain Physician Journal and reported the results of a clinical trial (NCT02380807). In the study, the effects of dry needling in the spinal muscles (thoracic and lumbar) of fibromyalgia patients were compared to cross taping, which uses a nonelastic cross-mesh tape applied to the same trigger points. Patients were recruited at the Virgen de la Arrixaca University Hospital in Murcia, Spain. A total of 64 patients were randomly placed in either dry needling or cross-tape therapy groups. All participants received a baseline test, followed by four once-weekly therapy sessions. Five men and 59 women, whose ages ranged from 27 to 58, participated in the study. Trigger points included broad back muscle or “lats” (latissimus dorsi), extensor back muscles (iliocostalis, multifidus), and quadratus lumborum muscles, which, although located in the lower back, are actually
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