Trigger Point Dry Needling

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Trigger Point Dry Needling


This exciting new publication is the first authoritative resource on the market with an exclusive focus on Trigger Point ((TrP) dry needling. It provides a detailed and up-to-date scientific perspective against which TrP dry needling can be best understood.

The first section of the book covers important topics such as the current understanding and neurophysiology of the TrP phenomena, safety and hygiene, the effect of needling on fascia and connective tissue, and an account on professional issues surrounding TrP dry needling. The second section includes a detailed and well-illustrated review of deep dry needling techniques of the most common muscles throughout the body. The third section of the book describes several other needling approaches, such as superficial dry needling, dry needling from a Western Acupuncture perspective, intramuscular stimulation, and Fu’s subcutaneous needling.

Trigger Point Dry Needling brings together authors who are internationally recognized specialists in the field of myofascial pain and dry needling.

  • First book of its kind to include different needling approaches (in the context of evidence) for the management of neuromuscular pain conditions
  • Highlights both current scientific evidence and clinicians’ expertise and experience
  • Multi-contributed by a team of top international experts
  • Over 200 illustrations supporting the detailed description of needling techniques

Dedication Foreword by Leon Chaitow Foreword by Robert D. Gerwin Preface Acknowledgements Contributors

PART 1 Basis of trigger point dry needling Chapter 1 Basic concepts of myofascial trigger points (TrPs) César Fernández-de-las-Peñas, Jan Dommerholt

Chapter 2 Proposed mechanisms and effects of trigger point dry needling Jan Dommerholt, César Fernández-de-las-Peñas

Chapter 3 Part 1: Effects of acupuncture needling on connective tissue Helene M. Langevin Part 2: Fascia and dry needling Jan Dommerholt

Chapter 4 Trigger point dry needling: safety guidelines Johnson McEvoy

Chapter 5 Professional controversies and dry needling Jan Dommerholt

PART 2 Clinical and evidence-informed approach of TrP dry needling Chapter 6 Deep dry needling of the head and neck muscles César Fernández-de-las-Peñas, Ana Isabel-de-la-Llave-Rincón, Ricardo Ortega-Santiago, Bárbara Torres-Chica

Chapter 7 Deep dry needling of the shoulder muscles Carel Bron, Jo L.M. Franssen, Betty T.M. Beersma

Chapter 8 Deep dry needling of the arm and hand muscles César Fernández-de-las-Peñas, Javier González Iglesias, Christian Gröbli, Ricky Weissmann

Chapter 9 Deep dry needling of the trunk muscles Louise Kelley, Michelle Finnegan, Jan Dommerholt

Chapter 10 Deep dry needling of the hip, pelvis and thigh muscles Dawn Sandalcidi, Jan Dommerholt

Chapter 11 Deep dry needling of the leg and foot muscles Orlando Mayoral-del-Moral, María Torres-Lacomba

PART 3 Other dry needling approaches Chapter 12 Superficial dry needling Peter Baldry

Chapter 13 Dry needling from a Western medical acupuncture perspective Mike Cummings

Chapter 14 Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) Steven R. Goodman, Cory B. Choma

Chapter 15 Fu’s subcutaneous needling Zhonghua Fu, Li-Wei Chou

Jan Dommerholt, PT, DPT, MPS, DAAPM, Physical Therapist, Bethesda Physciocare/Myopain Seminars, Bethesda, MD, USA; Lecturer, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA; Lecturer, Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera, Valencia, Spain and Cesar Fernandez de las Penas, PT, MSc, PhD, Head Division, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Alcorcon, Madrid, Spain; Clinical Researcher, Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction (SMI), Aarlborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
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