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Tuina is effective for alleviating post-stroke spasticity within three months of stroke onset, report Chinese authors. Four hundred and forty-four stroke patients with upper limb spasticity were randomly assigned to receive either tuina plus conventional rehabilitation, or conventional rehabilitation only. Among patients who had experienced stroke 1-3 months before treatment, the tuina group experienced significantly greater reductions in spasticity scores than the control group, after four weeks of treatment. These improvements were sustained at three- and six-month follow-ups. However, among patients who suffered from stroke 4-12 months before treatment, the change in spasticity with treatment did not differ significantly between those who received tuina and those that did not.

Effect of Tui Na on upper limb spasticity after stroke: a randomized clinical trial. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2019 Mar 19;6(4):778-787).



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