The effectiveness of dry needling as an intervention for acute Myofascial low back pain
Bruinders, Glynis Liezl
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Myofascial pain syndrome is a condition caused by myofascial trigger points, which could occur in any area of the body, that affects a large number of the general population and is reported to impair mobility, cause pain, and reduce the overall sense of well-being. The prevalence of myofascial trigger points in low back pain is reported to be high, yet they receive little attention despite being an important source of the condition. Needling techniques such as acupuncture and dry needling, combined with conservative therapy for the treatment of myofascial trigger points, are becoming more popular. Numerous studies proving the use of acupuncture and dry needling in combination with other treatment techniques to treat chronic back ache exists, however in the case of acute myofascial low back pain evidence is sparse.