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Trigger Point Dry Needling

An Evidence and Clinical-Based Approach

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.


Physiotherapists / Manual Therapists, PG students

Hardbound, 280 Pages

Published: January 2013

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-4601-8


  • "The book's narrative style incorporates clinical and empirical evidence to underpin arguments for and against dry needling. It takes the reader on a clear journey from the effects of using needles on connective tissue and fascia to the evidence and application of trigger point dry needling...This is an excellent book for any physiotherapist who wants a clinically relevant overview of dry needling."

    In Touch, July 2013


  • Dedication
    Foreword by Leon Chaitow
    Foreword by Robert D. Gerwin

    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


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