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2019 Oct

J Bodyw Mov Ther



Myofascial pain and treatment: Editorial a critical overview of the current myofascial pain literature – August 2019.


Dommerholt J, Chou L-W, Hooks T, Thorp JN
J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2019 Oct; 23(4):773-784.
PMID: 31733761.


This quarter's overview of the myofascial pain literature includes quite a few basic research papers in addition to the usual high quantity of dry needling (DN) papers. Of particular interest are a study by Fischer and colleagues studying the role of mitochondrial functions in chronic trigger points (TrPs) (Fischer et al 2018), a study by Li and associates who conducted a quantitative proteomics analysis to identify biomarkers of chronic myofascial pain and therapeutic targets of dry needling in a rat model of TrPs (Li et al 2019), and a sonography study by Mitchell et al. looking into the distances from the skin to the pleura in the context of DN (Mitchell et al 2019). A total of 33 papers are included in this overview article. We welcome Dr. Jacob Thorp to our team of authors. Dr. Thorp is a US-based physical therapist. He is Professor and Founding Director of the Physical Therapy Program at Charleston Southern University in North Charleston, SC.