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J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2018 Apr;22(2):333-336. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2017.05.020. Epub 2017 Jun 1.

The effect of upper trapezius muscle dry needling treatment on sleep quality: A case report.

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Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation, P.O. Box: 15875-4391, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Occupational Biomechanics, Ergonomics and Injury Prevention Lab, Ryerson University, Toronto M5B 2K3, Canada. Electronic address:


Myofascial pain syndrome is characterized by trigger points in muscles, resulting in pain, limitation of motion, muscle weakness and also referral pain. Upper part of trapezius muscle is one the most common sites in upper quadrant affected by this condition. Among various manual and non-manual techniques, dry needling is one of the most effective treatment methods, and is widely used recently by physiotherapists. A 34 year old, female hairstylist with chronic shoulder pain was admitted to a physiotherapy clinic and was treated with dry needling approach, after which she found improvement of shoulder symptoms and sleep quality. Results from this case report can create an interesting and clear precedent for considering dry needling treatment in future clinical trials.


Dry needling; Myofascial pain syndrome; Sleep quality; Trigger point; Upper trapezius

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