Perfect timing for this literature review. I’ve had several colleagues recently ask me about courses for dry needling and even questions from students observing me on why I did not perform the ‘in and out pistoning’ approach to just trigger points, as they have witnessed from other physical therapists. A recent article was sent to all parties.
The open access narrative review is entitled “Dry needling: a literature review with implications for clinical practice guidelines” authored by Dunning J et al (President of the Spinal Manipulation and Dry Needling Institute). It is an extensive, 196-referenced report and in my opinion, a game changer.
What do I mean by that? This article will open up discussion from both a clinical standpoint and regulatory standpoint. Hopefully it will be the start to allowing physical therapists to treat all neuromuscularskeletal conditions with this intervention, and not just trigger points (such as is the law for North Carolina…of which I am a resident).
I highly recommend anyone who currently performs dry needling as a physical therapist OR considering taking a dry needling course to read. I promise it will be worth it and may change your mind on the type of dry needling approach you are taking.
Take about 30 minutes and read for yourself. I would like to know what you think and we can start a discussion in comment section below.