The points on the body addressed through trigger-point therapy, a technique practiced by many massage therapists, corresponds very closely to the points utilized in acupuncture for pain management, according to a new review of research.

The review was conducted by Peter T. Dorsher, M.D., of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida. He determined that “acupuncture references support the conceptual comparison of trigger points to classical acupuncture points in the treatment of pain disorders, and their clinical correspondence in this regard is likely 95 percent or higher.”

Dorsher concluded that, “Although separated by 2000 years temporally, the acupuncture and myofascial pain traditions have fundamental clinical similarities in the treatment of pain disorders.” (See “Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain,” MASSAGE Magazine, issue 136.)

The review was published in The Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine.