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Dry needling of the flexor digitorum brevis muscle reduces postural control in standing: A pre-post stabilometric study

J Anat. 2023 Mar 16. doi: 10.1111/joa.13862. Online ahead of print.


There are studies that show the better balance after dry needling in lumbar pain. However, the postural control effects after foot dry needling are unknown. Check if dry needling changes postural control. Eighteen subjects with flexor digitorum brevis (FDB) muscle Myofascial trigger point were evaluated pre- and post-deep dry needling. We measured stabilometric variables in a pre-post study. We have found significant differences in three stabilometric variables: surface with eyes closed (29.36-53.21 mm2 ) (p = 0.000), medium speed of the laterolateral displacement with eyes closed (1.42-1.64 mm/s) (p = 0.004), and medium speed of the anteroposterior displacement with eyes closed (1.30-1.53 mm/s) (p = 0.025). Dry needling therapy application in FDB muscle reduces standing postural control with eyes closed.

PMID:36924312 | DOI:10.1111/joa.13862


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