A critical overview of the current myofascial pain literature - October 2020

J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2020 Oct;24(4):468-478. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2020.10.001. Epub 2020 Oct 6.


With this edition, we welcome Dr. Orlando Mayoral from Toledo, Spain as a new contributor to this quarterly myofascial literature review. Dr. Mayoral has been studying myofascial pain since the early 1990-ies. He translated the Travell and Simons Trigger Point Manuals into Spanish (Simons et al., 2004), and contributed to many scientific studies, case reports, book chapters, and books (Mayoral del Moral and Salvat Salvat, 2017). In the current review, we included several trigger point (TrP) prevalence studies as well as the usual high volume of dry needling (DN) studies. But of particular interest are the basic research studies that increasingly support multiple aspects of the integrated TrP hypothesis.

Keywords: Dry needling; Manual therapy; Myofascial pain syndrome; Trigger points.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy*
  • Humans
  • Musculoskeletal Manipulations*
  • Myofascial Pain Syndromes* / therapy
  • Needles
  • Pain
  • Spain
  • Trigger Points