Author ORCID Identifier

Adnan N. Balisi: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5045-4471

Vince Paul Lobaton: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3959-032X

Dane Marie O. Debulgado: https://orcid.org/0009-0005-1710-9613

Jhonas Santi A. Jegira: https://orcid.org/0009-0005-1710-9613

Mae Adrinne B. Tumonong: https://orcid.org/0009-0005-0318-2131

Christian James Y. Brillas: https://orcid.org/0009-0008-7558-8562

Ritchie Belle S. Gelito: https://orcid.org/0009-0006-5496-7956

Mychelle Rae R. Marasigan: https://orcid.org/0009-0000-1043-1427


Introduction: Usage of vacuum therapy and dry needling in physical therapy management of musculoskeletal cases have gained increasing usage but the literature regarding their effects is limited. This study determines the effect size of the interventions, which are vacuotherapy and dry needling as adjunct treatments to exercises, performed in a local PT clinic to musculoskeletal cases in three different treatment sessions with a week gap in between.

Methods: The study is a retrospective cohort where sampling was purposive in gathering historical patient charts. The numerical pain rating scales and relevant range of motion (ROM) in the musculoskeletal cases were collected for analysis.

Results: Results showed a large significant reduction in pain scale between sessions but no significant changes in all ranges of motion across different anatomically categorized musculoskeletal cases.

Discussion: The results of this study imply that using vacuum therapy and dry needling as an adjunct to therapeutic exercises can reduce pain intensities significantly but not ROM. Further research is recommended regarding the effects of these tools on ROM and their retention of effects.