Exercise plus dry needling or Kinesio Taping may improve pain and disability in patients with myofascial pain syndrome


According to the results of a study published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice.

In the single-blind study (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04521127), patients with MPS were randomly assigned to receive exercise only (n=30; age, 44.73 ± 12.86 years), kinesio taping and exercise (n = 26; age, 43.73 ± 13.02 years), or dry needling and exercise (n = 32; age, 46.53 ± 13.69 years). Outcome assessments included visual analogue scale (VAS) score, pressure pain threshold (PPT) measure, neck disability index (NDI) measure, and global scale of perceived effects (GPE). These measurements were taken twice at baseline and once at the end of the second week.

The combination of kinesio taping and exercise was associated with significant improvements in PPT (1.61 ± 1.25), VAS (-2.66 ± 1.24), and NDI (-7.08 ± 6) scores ,24) (P <.001 for all dry needling plus exercise was also associated with significant improvements in ppt vas and ndi>P <.001 for all on the other hand control group did not experience any improvement in vas>P =0.677) and NDI (-0.83±4.91; P = 0.482), but there was a significant decrease in PPT scores (-0.98 ± 1.92; P =.014).

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Limitations of the study included its small sample size, single-blind design, and lack of a placebo group. Additionally, the researchers did not follow the effectiveness of the treatments over a longer-term period, potentially limiting the interpretability of the results with respect to long-term management.

In addition to the main findings, the researchers noted that although similar improvements were observed between dry needling and kinesio taping, the study results also suggest that kinesio taping” treatment may be a more desirable option. safe because it is a non-invasive method”.


Yasar MF, Yaksi E, Kurul R, Alisik T, Seker Z. Comparison of dry needling and kinesio taping methods in the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome: a single blinded randomized controlled study. Int J Clin Practical. 2021;75(10):e14561. doi:10.1111/ijcp.14561


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