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Acupressure at distal acupuncture points associated with alleviating shoulder pain have specific beneficial effects on blood flow and oxygenation of the trapezius muscle as well as autonomic nervous activity, a research team from Japan has concluded.

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Patients with upper extremity pain and paraesththesia due to cervical spondylotic radiculopathy (CSR) can benefit from acupuncture treatment. In a pilot study carried out in Japan, 15 subjects diagnosed with CSR and upper...

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Just one session of acupuncture treatment can result in improvement in pain sensitivity for patients with chronic whiplash-associated disorders (WAD), according to a Belgian study.

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Electroacupuncture (EA) is associated with a significant reduction in pain intensity in chronic whiplash, according to Australian researchers, however this may not equate to clinical significance.

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Italian researchers have investigated the ‘dose’ of acupuncture that is necessary to achieve an adequate analgesic effect in patients with cervical myofascial pain syndrome (MPS)

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A German team has compared qigong and exercise therapy in patients with chronic neck pain. One hundred and twenty-three patients with chronic neck pain (VAS ≥ 40 mm) were randomised to six months (18 sessions) of either qigong or...

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A small Norwegian study has found that acupuncture can have significant long term effects in reducing neck pain. 24 female office workers with chronic neck and shoulder pain were randomly assigned to receive acupuncture to either...

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A study published in the British Medical Journal shows that acupuncture is an effective short term treatment for patients with chronic neck pain. A total of 177 patients with chronic neck pain were randomly allocated to five...

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A randomised placebo-controlled study carried out at three University out-patient departments in Germany, compared the use of massage, acupuncture and sham laser on 177 patients with chronic neck pain. All patients received five...

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Acupuncture combined with physiotherapy has been compared with acupuncture alone and physiotherapy alone as a treatment for tension neck syndrome. A prospective, comparative clinical trial involving 46 patients was carried out in...

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