A critical overview of the current myofascial pain literature - April 2018
J Bodyw Mov Ther.2018 Apr;22(2):402-410.
Jan Dommerholt, Li-Wei Chou, Michelle Finnegan, Todd Hooks
Twenty-four basic and clinical studies and case reports are included in this quarterly review of the myofascial pain literature. The majority of publications focus on invasive techniques, especially dry needling. We hope, that this not suggest that clinicians and researchers are slowly moving away from manual trigger point (TrP) approaches. While some physiotherapists have bought into the notion that hands-on approaches are a thing of the past, since "pain is in the brain" and "the issues are not in the tissues," there is also a body of research that aims to combine so-called top-down and bottom-up therapies. Combining manual therapy and dry needling with pain neuroscience education is likely the preferred method using a multimodal approach (Puentedura and Flynn, 2016; Lluch Girbes et al., 2015).