OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. It covers all evidence-based scientific studies on integrative, alternative and complementary approaches to improving health and wellness.

Topics contain but are not limited to:

  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Acupotomy
  • Bioelectromagnetics applications
  • Pharmacological and biological treatments including their efficacy and safety
  • Diet, nutrition and lifestyle changes
  • Herbal medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Manual healing methods (e.g., massage, physical therapy)
  • Kinesiology
  • Mind/body interventions
  • Preventive medicine
  • Research in integrative medicine
  • Education in integrative medicine
  • Related policies

It publishes a variety of article types: original research, review, communication, opinion, case report, study protocol, comment, conference report, technical note, book review, etc.

There is no restriction on paper length, provided that the text is concise and comprehensive. Authors should present their results in as much detail as possible, as reviewers are encouraged to emphasize scientific rigor and reproducibility. 

Indexing: DOAJ-Directory of Open Access Journals.

Archiving: full-text archived in CLOCKSS.

Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 6 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in the first half of 2019, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period).

Current Issue: 2020  Archive: 2019 2018 2017 2016

Special Issue

Different Dry Needling Approaches

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2021 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Carlos Lozano-Quijada, PT, PhD

Assistant Professor. Pathology and Surgery Department. Center for Translational Research in Physiotherapy.  Miguel Hernandez University of Elche (UMH), Alicante, Spain

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Research Interests: Manual therapy; trigger points; dry needling; osteopathy; neural mobilization

Emilio J. Poveda-Pagán, PT, PhD

Assistant Professor. Pathology and Surgery Department. Center for Translational Research in Physiotherapy.  Miguel Hernandez University of Elche (UMH), Alicante, Spain

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Research Interests: Physiotherapy; manual therapy; osteopathic therapy; trigger points; dry needling; neural mobilization

About this topic

Currently, dry needling is a treatment technique widely used by health professionals and we can find different approaches within dry needles.

Acupuncture and dry needling of trigger points have a tradition of many years to reduce pain, the muscle contraction or to improve the well-being of patients and there are several researches about them.  Others techniques like neuromodulation of peripheral nerves with ultrasound guidance offers a different perspective of the use of dry needles in physical therapy and it has the potential to provide much longer analgesia for acute pain while avoiding some limitations associated with local anesthetic-based peripheral nerve blocks. Similar modality, but a completely different focus is the intratissue percutaneous electrolysis. This technique uses dry needling with of adjustable galvanic current through a negative flow cathode electrode and combined with an eccentric-based rehab program seems to offer an excellent results in functional improvement of the tendons.

Dry needling has the possibility to offer different modalities of application and the research about them has to be the way to improve the benefits in patients.

Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://www.lidsen.com/account-login by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. Guidelines for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts are available on the Instructions for Authors page. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by LIDSEN. Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript.

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