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A critical overview of the current myofascial pain literature - July 2015

Grieve, Rob; Layton, Michelle; Dommerholt, Jan; Hooks, Todd; Grieve, Robert; Leyton, Michelle


Rob Grieve

Michelle Layton

Jan Dommerholt

Todd Hooks

Rob Grieve
Senior Research Fellow (Knowledge Exchange)

Michelle Leyton


© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. The current overview includes thirty articles published in the recent past about myofascial pain, trigger points (TrPs) and related topics. In the Basic Research section, several interesting new studies are reviewed addressing the presence of TrPs in patients with low back pain, episodic migraine, or following a meniscectomy. An animal study of the impact of laser fluency opens the door to future studies regarding optimal dosage of low-level laser therapy in the treatment of individuals with TrPs. Six papers focus on TrP dry needling (DN), two on manual therapies, and two on injection therapy. On of the injection papers discusses the occurrence of a cardiac tamponade, which is a very rare potential complication of invasive needling therapies that can easily be avoided with proper needling techniques. Several review studies and other clinical studies conclude this overview.


Grieve, R., Layton, M., Dommerholt, J., Hooks, T., Grieve, R., & Leyton, M. (2015). A critical overview of the current myofascial pain literature - July 2015. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 19(3), 482-493.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Print ISSN 1360-8592
Electronic ISSN 1532-9283
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 3
Pages 482-493
Keywords myofascial pain syndrome, trigger points, dry needling, manual therapy, reviews
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