The Effects Of Chiropractic Adjustment And Myofascial Dry Needling

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The effect of chiropractic adjustment versus myofascial dry needling, of the shoulder and cervical region, to treat symptoms of shoulder impingement syndrome.

A research proposal presented to the

Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg, as partial fulfilment for the Masters degree in Chiropractic by:

Devin Christopher Ramsden
(Student number: 201106502)

Supervisor: _________________ Date: _________

Co-Supervisor: ______________ Date: _________ EXECUTIVE SUMMARY.

Shoulder impingement syndrome is a progressively worsening condition in many individuals. The use of a chiropractic adjustment or myofascial dry needling as forms of treatment are both yet to be differentiated as to which is more beneficial (Fitness Pain Free. 2016).

The aim of this study is to research the effect of a chiropractic adjustment on the shoulder and the cervical spine, and compare to dry needling of the shoulder and cervical musculature.

The research study will include three separate groups that will receive chiropractic adjustments, dry needling or a combination of the two treatments. The results will then be evaluated and an outcome will be based on these results as to which treatment is more effective.


The shoulder is made up of joints, bone, muscle and neurovascular tissue. These all allow for the large range of motion that the shoulder can produce in order to position the rest of the upper limb

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