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Immediate effects of acupuncture on the mechanosensitivity of the median nerve: an exploratory randomised trial.

Immediate effects of acupuncture on the mechanosensitivity of the median nerve: an exploratory randomised trial. Acupunct Med. 2018 May 02;: Authors: Morais N, Greten HJ, Santos MJ, Machado JP Abstract BACKGROUND: Acupuncture appears to reduce the mechanosensitivity of peripheral nerves in animal models; yet, this possibility has not been demonstrated in humans. OBJECTIVES: The main objective of this exploratory trial was to evaluate the immediate effects of acupuncture on the mechanosensitivity of the median nerve, measured by the elbow extension range-of-motion (EE-ROM) at pain onset and maximum tolerance during the upper limb neurodynamic test 1 (ULNT1). Additional objectives were to test the effects of two different points in ULNT1 responses and critically appraise pre-/post-intervention changes for conducting future research. METHODS: Thirty-one asymptomatic individuals, randomly assigned to the PC group (n=14) or the LU group (n=17) by the coin flip procedure, underwent acupuncture (leopard spot needling) at PC5 or LU5'', respectively. Two-way mixed-model analysis of variance (ANOVA) with time (pre-intervention vs post-intervention) as the within-subject factor and group (PC vs LU) as the between-subject factor, plus time×group interaction, were used to determine the effects of acupuncture therapy on EE-ROM at pain onset and maximum tolerance during ULNT1. RESULTS: At baseline there were no differences between groups (p&...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

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Source: Pain and Therapy - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research
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Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
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Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
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Authors: Zhang H, Sun J, Xin X, Huo Z, Li D Abstract BACKGROUND Acupuncture and electroacupuncture (EA) are widely applied in the treatment of various conditions, including pain. Acupuncture stimulation is applied not only in areas close to pain sites, but also in distal regions or on the contralateral side of the body. Identifying which acupuncture paradigms produce best therapeutic effects is of clinical significance. MATERIAL AND METHODS Spared nerve injury (SNI) was applied to establish a rat model of neuropathic pain. We applied 14 sessions of EA (BL 60 and BL 40, 1-2 mA, and 2 Hz, 30 min per session) every ot...
Source: Medical Science Monitor - Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research
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Source: EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of Urology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Source Type: research
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