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

The journal publishes a variety of article types: Original Research, Review, Communication, Opinion, 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.

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 5.9 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 14.7 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 8 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

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.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted through the LIDSEN Submission System. Detailed information on manuscript preparation and submission is available in the Instructions for Authors. All submitted articles will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process and will be processed following the Editorial Process and Quality Control policy. Upon acceptance, the article will be immediately published in a regular issue of the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a label that the article belongs to the Special Issue. LIDSEN distributes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License in an open-access model. The authors own the copyright to the article, and the article can be free to access, distribute, and reuse provided that the original work is correctly cited.

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