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Scalp acupuncture can enhance motor function in children with cerebral palsy when added to conventional therapy. A team of Chinese investigators randomly allocated 52 children with spastic cerebral palsy to either scalp acupuncture combined with exercise therapy and conventional rehabilitation training, or conventional rehabilitation training alone. Acupuncture was applied at scalp locations corresponding to the motor area, balance zone, foot motor sensory area, sensory area and language area, and subjects were encouraged to make active movements of the affected limb while needles were stimulated with manual rotation at 200 rpm. Gross motor function and ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL) were significantly improved from baseline in both groups after therapy, but scores were significantly higher in the treatment group compared to the control group.

Rehabilitation with a combination of scalp acupuncture and exercise therapy in spastic cerebral palsy. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2019 May;35:296-300