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Acupuncture Articles

Creating a Modern Model for the Assessment and Treatment of the Sinew Channels (Jingjin): Part 1

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The Sinew Channels (Jingjin) and Vertebral Fixations

Click here to download the full article “The Sinew Channels (Jingjin) and Vertebral Fixations” by Brian Lau, DOM, AP, C.SMA This article will explore vertebral fixations and their relationships to both extraordinary vessels (Qi Jing Ba Mai) and the sinew channels (Jingjin). In Sports Medicine Acupuncture®, assessment of vertebral fixations is an important part of […]

An Acupuncturist’s Guide to the Treatment and Assessment of Plantar Fasciitis and Excessive Foot Pronation

The feet play a very important role in dynamic posture and balance, although a change in the foot mechanics can predispose the foot and body to injury. The foot, being shaped like a half dome, has two primary arches that provide shock-absorbing features during weight-bearing activities. A collapse of one or both of these arches puts overwhelming stress on the soft tissue and joint components of the foot with the end result being pain somewhere along the musculoskeletal chain. In this article, we will examine excessive foot pronation, its role with plantar fasciitis and how acupuncture can effectively treat this syndrome.

The Treatment of Sports-Related Muscle Tension Headaches with Acupuncture and Moxibustion

Muscle tension headaches are a common occurrence in athletes, who may suffer impact trauma to the head and neck (for example in soccer or rugby), or else be required to repeatedly extend their head and neck upwards as part of their sport (for example in tennis or basketball). This article describes the treatment of muscle tension headaches with acupuncture and moxibustion, and includes their aetiology, diagnosis and TCM pattern identification. Also included is a discussion of how motor points can be combined with points based on a traditional Chinese medical approach for improved clinical results. The theory is illustrated with a case study from the author’s own practice.

Study Acupuncture & Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)

From professional to recreational sports, running is a common activity in which tibial stress syndrome becomes a primary complaint of lower leg pain. In treating this syndrome for over 15 years from both a western and eastern view, the author felt the importance of performing a study on this frequent injury. The research described below was designed to answer the basic question: Over the duration of the study, did athletes who received acupuncture perceive a decrease in shin splint pain and increase in activity level compared to athletes who received standard treatment?

Abstracts: Acupuncture Research on Musculoskeletal Based Studies

Effects of Chinese Cupping as an Adjunct Treatment for Patients with Subacute Low Back Pain on Relieving Pain, Improving Range of Motion, and Improving Function

Alycia Markowski, DPT, MPhySt, OCS,1 Susan Sanford, PT, LAc, MAc,2 Jenna Pikowski, DPT,1 Daniel Fauvell, DPT,1 David Cimino, DPT,1 and Scott Caplan, DPT1 Abstract Background: Cupping, a classic Chinese medicine treatment, is a technique that applies suction cups over soft tissue. Cupping is gaining popularity in physical medicine because of the simplicity in application, minimal […]

Chronic Low Back Pain (Witt, 2006)

Largest study to date demonstrates acupunctures effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in the treatment of chronic low back pain based on functionality, pain and quality of life assessed directly after, 3 months after, and 6 months after treatment. 11,630 patients.

Osteoarthritis of Knee (Berman, 2004)

“Overall, those who received acupuncture had a 40 percent decrease in pain and a nearly 40 percent improvement in function compared to baseline assessments. This trial, which builds upon our previous NCCAM-funded research, establishes that acupuncture is an effective complement to conventional arthritis treatment and can be successfully employed as part of a multidisciplinary approach […]

Adenosine a1 receptors mediate local anti-nociceptive effects of acupuncture

Goldman, N., Chen, M., Fujita, T., Xu, Q., et al. Nature Neuroscience, 2010 advance online publication. Acupuncture is an invasive procedure commonly used to relieve pain. Acupuncture is practiced worldwide, despite difficulties in reconciling its principles with evidence-based medicine. We found that adenosine, a neuromodulator with anti-nociceptive properties, was released during acupuncture in mice and […]

Acupuncture for the alleviation of lateral epicondyle pain: a systematic review

K. (V. Trinh, S. D. Phillips, E. Ho and K. Damsma: Rheumatology 2004;43:1085–1090) Objectives. Lateral epicondyle pain is a common complaint in North America. In the past 10 yr acupuncture has become increasingly recognized as an alternative treatment for pain, including epicondyle pain. This review evaluates the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for lateral […]

Effects of acupuncture versus ultrasound in patients with impingement syndrome: randomized clinical trial

Johansson KM, Adolfsson LE, Foldevi MO: Phys Ther 2005, 85:490-501 Background and Purpose. There is no definitive evidence for the efficacy of the physical therapy interventions used for patients with impingement syndrome. The purpose of this study was to compare manual acupuncture and continuous ultrasound, both applied in addition to home exercises, for patients diagnosed […]

German Acupuncture Trials (GERAC) for chronic low back pain: randomized, multicenter, blinded, parallel-group trial with 3 groups

Haake M., Muller HH, Schade-Brittinger C., et al:Arch Intern Med. 2007 Oct 22;167(19):2072 BACKGROUND: To our knowledge, verum acupuncture has never been directly compared with sham acupuncture and guideline-based conventional therapy in patients with chronic low back pain. METHODS: A patient- and observer-blinded randomized controlled trial conducted in Germany involving 340 outpatient practices, including 1162 […]

Hypothalamus and amygdala response to acupuncture stimuli in carpal tunnel syndrome

Pain, 130(3):254-266. Napadow, V., Kettner, N., Liu, J., Li, M., Kwong, K. K., Vangel, M., Makris, N., Audette, J., and Hui, K. K. (2007). Brain processing of acupuncture stimuli in chronic neuropathic pain patients may underlie its beneficial effects. We used fMRI to evaluate verum and sham acupuncture stimulation at acupoint LI-4 in Carpal Tunnel […]