Dry Needling and Kinesio Taping in the Treatment of Myofascial Pain Syndrome

  • End date
    Nov 15, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Abant Izzet Baysal University
Updated on 23 March 2022


The aim of this study is to compare the effectiveness of kinesio tape and dry needling in the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome of the trapezius muscle.


Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a common problem with manifesting itself such as trigger points, taut bands, range of motion limitations and pain. One of the most common place for MPS is neck region and trapezius muscle is the common cause of these symptoms and 9 different trigger point location has been identified on trapezius muscle. Myofascial trigger points, characterized by hypersensitive nodules, can be palpated in stretched bands in the affected muscles. In order to eliminate trigger points fascial releasing, dry needling, kinesio taping and other physical therapy applications can be used.

Although there are several studies investigating the effectiveness of Kinesio taping (KT) and Dry needling(DN) methods in MPS, it is controversial which one is superior to others.

The aim of this study is to compare the effects of exercise, KT, and DN methods on pain and disability in the treatment of upper trapezoidal muscle MPS.

Condition Myofascial Pain Syndrome of Neck
Treatment Dry needling, Kinesio taping
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04521127
SponsorAbant Izzet Baysal University
Last Modified on23 March 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Being diagnosis with MPS and having active myofascial trigger points on trapezius muscle

Exclusion Criteria

a history of myofascial trigger point injection
acute trauma
inflammatory joint or muscle disease
infection or malignancy on cervical region
neurological disorders
cervical radiculopathy or myelopathy
inadequate cooperation for the treatment
a history of neck surgery or spinal degeneration
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