Acupuncture as Adjuvant Therapy for the Management of Cervical Dystonia.

Conclusions: Acupuncture is feasible and safe as an adjunct treatment for chronic CD, and might be associated with subjective symptomatic benefits. PMID: 30147821 [PubMed]
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Med Acupunct Source Type: research

Related Links:

This study underscores the importance of chronic stimulation in the modulation of sensorimotor integration and proprioception. The authors considered two possible mechanisms underlying SAI modulation by STN DBS. High-frequency DBS of the STN might normalize synchronization between basal ganglia structures, which might restore the ability of thalamocortical relay cells to respond to depolarizing inputs involved in sensorimotor integration (Brown et al., 2001; Rubin and Terman, 2004). Alternatively, STN DBS might have a direct effect on cortical structures through antidromic stimulation of the cortico-subthalamic pathway. I...
Source: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Conclusion: Our results indicate that tDCS is safe in patients with DBS electrodes and may be an effective add-on neuromodulatory tool in the treatment of potential DBS partial efficacy in patients with movement disorders.RESUMO Descri ção: A estimulação transcraniana por corrente contínua (ETCC) tem sido investigada nos distúrbios de movimento, tornando-a uma alternativa terapêutica no contexto clínico. Contudo, não há consenso quanto aos protocolos mais apropriados na maioria dos casos e a presença de eletrodos de est imulação cereb...
Source: Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
ConclusionThe changes in brain function and network activity in CD can be interpreted as related to the underlying cause, the effort to compensate or a mixture of both. Although BNT is applied in the last stage of the cortico-neuromuscular pathway, brain patterns are shifted towards those of healthy controls.
Source: NeuroImage: Clinical - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
The field of spinal cord stimulation is expanding rapidly, with new waveform paradigms asserting supraspinal sites of action. The scope of treatment applications is also broadening from chronic pain to include cerebral ischemia, dystonia, tremor, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, neuropsychiatric disorders, memory, addiction, cognitive function, and other neurologic diseases. The role of neurostimulation as an alternative strategy to opioids for chronic pain treatment is under robust discussion in both scientific and public forums. An understanding of the supraspinal mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of spi...
Source: Anesthesiology - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research
Credit: New York Times article, Jan. 19, 2016. The United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. The rates of opioid addiction, babies born addicted to opioids, and overdoses have skyrocketed in the past decade. No population has been hit harder than rural communities. Many of these communities are in states with historically low levels of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIGMS’ Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program builds research capacities in these states by supporting basic, clinical, and translational research, as well as faculty development and infrastructure impro...
Source: Biomedical Beat Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Pharmacology Medicines Opioids Pain Source Type: blogs
ConclusionsAs DBS-MEG research continues to develop, we can expect to gain a better understanding of diverse pathophysiological networks and their response to DBS. This knowledge will improve treatment efficacy, reduce side-effects, reveal optimal surgical targets, and advance the development of closed-loop neuromodulation.
Source: Brain Stimulation - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Thalamic Vim is a relay nucleus from the cerebellum and one of the targets for relieving symptoms of upper limb dystonia as well as tremor-dominant Parkinson ’s disease (PD) and essential tremor (ET). Beta oscillation is reported to be predominant from the single unit analysis in this nucleus in PD, ET and chronic pain (Basha D et al., 2014). We analyzed the Vim oscillation at rest in five cases with upper limb dystonia (four females, mean age of 31.2  yo) to elucidate whether beta oscillation is predominant also in dystonia.
Source: Clinical Neurophysiology - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Source Type: research
Ann Pierce-Jones used to be full of confidence but now lives "day-to-day" in chronic pain.
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Botulinum toxin serotype A (BoNT/A) was originally used in neurology for the treatment of dystonia and blepharospasms, but is now clinically used worldwide for the treatment of chronic migraine. Still, the possible mode of action of BoNT/A in migraine is not fully known. However, the mode of action of BoNT/A has been investigated in experimental pain as well as migraine models, which may elucidate the underlying mechanisms in migraine. The aim of this study was to review studies on the possible mode of action of BoNT/A in relation to chronic migraine treatment. Observations suggest that the mode of action of BoNT/A may not...
Source: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: REVIEW ARTICLE Source Type: research
Conclusions As DBS-MEG research continues to develop, we can expect to gain a better understanding of diverse pathophysiological networks and their response to DBS. This knowledge will improve treatment efficacy, reduce side-effects, reveal optimal surgical targets, and advance the development of closed-loop neuromodulation.
Source: Brain Stimulation - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
More News: Acupuncture | Chronic Pain | Complementary Medicine | Dystonia | Pain | Pain Management | Study