Comparison of deep dry needling and ischemic compression on latent myofascial trigger points

Takeaway

  • Deep dry needling (DDN) and ischemic compression (ICT) treatment of latent myofascial trigger points (MTrP) of shortened triceps surae in triathletes, exhibited similar effects on ankle dorsiflexion range of motion (ROM), and dynamic and static plantar pressure distribution.

Why this matters

    Myofascial pain syndrome affects many triathletes and is a primary cause of pain, since DDN is associated with further pain and potential infection and that it has no additional efficacy over ICT, ICT is considered treatment of choice.