The muscles in general and the trigger points in particular are the main sources of pain and joint dysfunction. Virtually anyone can suffer at some stage in their life from persistentmyofascial pain as a result of an external trigger (traumatism, stress, cold, etc.).
Myofascial pain comprises a series of sensory, motor and localised signs and symptoms caused by the myofascial trigger points which often manifest themselves in areas other than the trigger point responsible for the dysfunction.
A considerable part of chronic pain caused by the myofascial trigger points can be prevented through early diagnosis and the appropriate treatment. As health professionals who work on a daily basis with interpreting and treating pain, physiotherapists must learn to identify and train in the therapeutic discipline of myofascial pain.
This postgraduate degree gives physiotherapists the necessary training to apply dry needling and enables them to register as physiotherapists trained in this practice, something which is necessary to obtain Civil Liability insurance coverage, as stipulated by the school resolution 007/2009 of 6 October by the College of Physiotherapists of Catalonia (Col·legi de Fisioterapeutes de Catalunya).