Dr. Sukumar Shanmugam

Assistant Professor (Neurological and Psychosomatic Disorders)

Dr. Sukumar Shanmugam, currently working as assistant professor of neuroscience physiotherapy in College of Health Sciences since September 2019. He has more than 20 years of academic and clinical experience in the field of Physiotherapy, specialised in neurological and psychosomatic disorders. He has published 18 research articles in the indexed journals, completed two funded research projects and guiding research projects of postgraduate and undergraduate students.  Dr. Sukumar is a certified dry needling instructor from Dry Needling Institute of South Africa and has trained nearly 200 health professionals from various parts of the world.


  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy from The TN Dr. MGR Medical University in 1998.
  • Master of Neuro-Physiotherapy from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in 2009.
  • D. in Physiotherapy from NITTE Deemed to be University in 2018.
  • Master Diploma in Acupuncture Therapy, Bharat Sevak Sangh in 2011
  • Certificate in research methods and biostatistics, Nitte University in 2014.
  • Certificate in Dry needling from Dry-needling institute of South Africa in 2018.

Areas of interest

  • Chronic pain
  • Motor control
  • Low level laser therapy
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
  • Dry needling and intramuscular electrical stimulation
  • Evidence-based practice and education
  • Creating dynamic curriculum and critical pedagogy
  • Randomized controlled trials.

Selected publications

  • D.R. Watson Arulsingh, Praveen Kumar Kandakurthi, Ramprasad Muthukrishnan, Sukumar Shanmugam,“Effectiveness of neural mobilisation combined with postural correction exercises in a patient with lateral knee pain’’- A Case report, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 2021,ISSN 1360-8592. [link]
  • Kandakurti PK, Shanmugam S, Basha SA, Amaravadi SK, Suganthirababu P, Gopal K, George GS. The effectiveness of low-level laser therapy combined with facial expression exercises in patients with moderate-to-severe Bell’s palsy: A study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Int J Surg Protoc. 2020 Nov 14;24:39-44.
  • Shanmugam S, Mathias L, Thakur A. Effects of dry needling induced muscle soreness on the severity of pain post deep trigger point needling. J Clin Diag Res 2018;12(7):YF01-YF04.
  • Shanmugam S, Mathias L. Immediate effects of paraspinal dry needling in patients with acute facet joint lock induced wry neck. J Clin Diag Resear 2017;11(6):YM01-YM03
  • Shanmugam S, Mathias L, Thakur A, Kumar D. Effects of inversely electrodes placed intramuscular electrical stimulation on myofascial pain syndrome of shoulder: a case series. Korean J Pain. 2016; 29:136-140
  • Shanmugam S. Inverse electrode placement may help to improve electrotherapeutic effects in the field of chronic pain management. Korean J Pain 2016; 29(3):202-204
  • Maitri R, Shanmugam S. Efficacy and Feasibility of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation on Hand Opening in Stroke Individuals: A Case Series. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development. 2020; 11(2):506-510
  • Mohammed AA, Shanmugam S, Kumar D. Is position induced movement re-education beneficial to improve the shoulder function in adhesive capsulitis-a randomized control trial? J Clin Diag Resear 2018;12(1): YC08-YC13