Trigger Point Dry Needling - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780702046018, 9780702054525

Trigger Point Dry Needling

1st Edition

An Evidence and Clinical-Based Approach

Editors: Jan Dommerholt Cesar Fernandez de las Penas
Hardcover ISBN: 9780702046018
eBook ISBN: 9780702054525
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 11th January 2013
Page Count: 280

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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.

Key Features

  • 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

Table of Contents

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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About the Editors

Jan Dommerholt

Affiliations and Expertise

Myopain Seminars, LLC, Bethesda, MD, USA; Bethesda Physiocare, Inc, Bethesda, MD, USA.

Cesar Fernandez de las Penas

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain; Esthesiology Laboratory of Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain; and Centre for Sensory-Motor Interaction (SMI), Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark.


"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