The Effectiveness of Dry Needling in Sport-Related Injuries
Majid Koozehchian, Kinesiology; Gina Mabrey, Kinesiology
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Dry needling is a reasonably newer therapy only introduced in 1980 by Peter Baldry, a British physician. The therapy is modeled after the Chinese acupuncture technique. Dry needling relies on the placement of needles inside of the so-called “trigger points.” When muscle contracts too frequently, causing “tetanus”, the actin and myosin fibers cannot slide past each other, creating a knot that is defined as a trigger point. The ultimate goal of dry needling is to resolve these knots and repristinate the muscle fiber's original condition and the sliding model. In this review, we analyzed several cases and opinions in which dry needling was performed and the general thoughts that the population has over the therapy. Although this therapy is considerably new, many studies have been conducted regarding the effects of several injuries and their long-term benefits. The main results pointed out how dry needling is one of the only therapies resolving certain conditions that remain untreatable with other therapies. Simultaneously, there is a need for further research since most of the population is still scarred by a needle and the pain that can be felt. The review analyzes positive and negative experiences from those who have experienced the treatment and discusses the results obtained in many injuries. Today, many benefits of this treatment have been discovered, and a variety of people have benefitted from the effects of dry needling; however, this treatment area warrants further research.
student research, kinesiology
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Rehabilitation and Therapy
Romei, Greta, "The Effectiveness of Dry Needling in Sport-Related Injuries" (2021). JSU Student Symposium 2021. 14.