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Dry needling versus muscle energy technique in treatment of latent trigger point upper trapezius
Ameneh Yeganeh Lari1, Farshad Okhovatian 2, Sedigheh Sadat Naimi3, Alireza Akbarzadeh Baghban4
1- MSc in Physiotherapy Research Center, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- Professor of Physiotherapy Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , farshadokhovatian1965@gmail.com
3- Assistant Professor of Physiotherapy, Dept. of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4- Ph.D in Biostatistics, Associate Professor, Proteomics Research Center, Dept. of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Background and Aim: The main cause of Myofascial pain syndrome is trigger point. The purpose of this study was to compare muscle energy technique (MET) with dry needling (DN) on latent trigger point of upper trapezius.

Materials and Methods: Fourty females, with diagnosis of latent trigger point of upper trapezius after adopting the inclusion and exclusion criteria were equally and randomly allocated into either the muscle energy technique or dry needling groups. Each patient received one treatment to the upper trapezius muscle. Outcome measures (visual analogue scale (VAS), pressure pain threshold (PPT), and range of active contra lateral flexion (CLF) measured before and 48 hours after treatment.

Results: Two techniques which used in this study were effective for treating latent trigger point of upper trapezius (P<0/001) but no significant differences were found between the two groups in terms of the above variables (p>0/05).

Conclusion: This study demonstrated that muscle energy technique was as effective as dry needling in improvement of VAS, PPT and ROM in subjects with latent trigger point of upper trapezius muscle. But since muscle energy technique is safe and non-invasive method, therefore, if you want to select one of these two techniques, muscle energy technique is recommended.

Keywords: Dry needling, Muscle energy technique, Trigger points

Keywords: Dry needling, Muscle energy technique, Trigger points
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Physiotherapy
Received: 2016/01/6 | Accepted: 2016/01/6 | Published: 2016/01/6
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Yeganeh Lari A, Okhovatian F, Naimi S S, Akbarzadeh Baghban A. Dry needling versus muscle energy technique in treatment of latent trigger point upper trapezius. mrj. 2016; 9 (S1) :12-20
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