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Laser acupuncture versus reflexology therapy in elderly with rheumatoid arthritis

AbstractThe purposes of this study are to determine and compare efficacy of laser acupuncture versus reflexology in elderly with rheumatoid arthritis. Thirty elderly patients with rheumatoid arthritis aged between 60 and 70  years were classified into two groups, 15 patients each. Group A received laser acupuncture therapy (904 nm, beam area of 1cm2, power 100  mW, power density 100 mW/cm2, energy dosage 4  J, energy density 4 J/cm2, irradiation time 40  s, and frequency 100,000 Hz). The acupuncture points that were exposed to laser radiation are LR3, ST25, ST36, SI3, SI4, LI4, LI11, SP6, SP9, GB25, GB34, and HT7. While group B received reflexology therapy, both offered 12 sessions over 4 weeks. The changes in RAQoL, HAQ, IL-6, MDA, ATP, and ROM at wrist and ankle joints were measured at the beginning and end of treatment. There was significant decrease in RAQoL, HAQ, IL-6, and MDA pre/posttreatment for both groups (p 
Source: Lasers in Medical Science - Category: Laser Surgery Source Type: research

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Source: Autoimmunity Reviews - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
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Source: Autoimmunity Reviews - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research - Category: Podiatry Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
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Source: Rheumatology International - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
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