As anyone who has searched for information on the use of dry needling knows it can be difficult to find sound research showing the technique’s effectiveness. However, an article recently published in Clinical Rheumatology at the end of 2012 has provided, in my opinion, some of the best evidence for the use of dry needling in treating cervical and thoracic myofascial pain syndrome.

For any of you reading that are unsure about what dry needling is, this short video shows the technique used on a muscle that was included in the study described below.

In this study, dry needling therapy was applied six times over a span of four weeks to twenty-two participants. A placebo group of seventeen participants received sham dry needling (blunted needles) at the same frequency. Patients’ responses to the treatments were based on the difference in their pain before and after as well as their…

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