Dry Needling Found More Effective at Reducing Fibromyalgia Pain than Myofascial Therapy in Clinical Trial

Dry Needling Found More Effective at Reducing Fibromyalgia Pain than Myofascial Therapy in Clinical Trial
Treatment with a technique called dry needling is more effective at reducing fibromyalgia-associated symptoms than myofascial release therapy, according to the results of a clinical trial. The dry needling method was found to significantly reduce pain and improve the quality of life of fibromyalgia patients compared to myofascial release therapy. It also showed better results in reducing anxiety and depression, as well as quality of sleep and fatigue associated with the disease. These findings were reported in the study, “Improvement in clinical outcomes after dry needling versus myofascial release on pain pressure thresholds, quality of life, fatigue, pain intensity, quality of sleep, anxiety, and depression in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome,” published in Disability and Rehabilitation. The study (NCT03015662), led by researchers at the University of Almeria in Spain, included 64 patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia from three associations in the Spanish regions of Almería and Murcia. The participants were randomized to be treated either with dry needling or myofascial release therapy. Dry needling uses acupuncture needles that are applied to the pain trigger points in muscles. In this study, active or latent pain points were identified and an examiner, who did not know the status of the points (active or latent), applied the nee
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3 comments

  1. Deb Smith says:

    What a load of old cobblers… Acupuncture does NOT work for Chronic Fibromyalgia. It works of over stressed muscles ‘yes’… but not on Fibro… STOP advertising such false shyte for business.

    SERIOUSLY

    • Sharon Kraft says:

      I have been receiving acupuncture for about 3 months now. It has reduced my fibro symptoms by about 50%. My sleep has improved and I can function most days. It may not work for everyone but I am glad I tried it. Prior to acupuncture I had myofascial release therapy for about 2 years. Comparing the two, I have had better results with acupuncture.

  2. Tammy Spoon says:

    Dry needling is just a little different than acupuncture – it goes to the pathways and muscles differently (I love acupuncture too) . It has been a lifesaver for me and I’ve received every form of treatment. It is worth a shot as it doesn’t involve too much time, too much pain, risks of overdose, and doesn’t damage (use a certified therapist). I get that “nothing like that will work for me”. If you are serious about getting relief outside of pills, which are such a trap for so many in chronic pain, give this some consideration.

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