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Acupuncture Benefits Patients with Tension Neck Syndrome

Topic: Acupuncture Benefits Patients with Tension Neck Syndrome

Keywords: NECK PAIN, CHRONIC PAIN, TENSION NECK SYNDROME - Acupuncture, Physiotherapy, Physical Therapy, Chinese Medicine

Reference: "Tension neck syndrome treated by acupuncture combined with physiotherapy: A comparative clinical trial (pilot study)," Franca DL, Senna-Fernandes V, et al, Complement Ther Med, 2008; 16(5): 268-77. (Address: Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Médicas, Brazil; Academia Brasileira de Arte e Ciência Oriental/Colégio Brasileiro de Acupuntura, ABACO/CBA, Brazil. E-mail: Daisy L.M. Franca, dfranca.8@oi.om.br ).

Summary: In a prospective, comparative clinical trial involving 46 patients with tension neck syndrome (TNS), treatment with acupuncture plus physiotherapy was found to be more effective than physiotherapy alone in reducing pain and functional disability, and treatment with acupuncture plus physiotherapy was found to be more effective than acupuncture alone in improving isometric neck muscle strengthening. After a period of 10 weeks during which subjects received 1-2 treatments/sessions per week, improvements in pain intensity, muscle tension, functional disability, and muscle strength were found among subjects in all 3 groups - 1) acupuncture plus physiotherapy; 2) physiotherapy alone; 3) acupuncture alone. More significant improvements in pain and functional disability were found with acupuncture plus physiotherapy, as compared to physiotherapy alone, and more significant improvements in muscle strength were found with acupuncture plus physiotherapy, as compared to acupuncture alone. These results suggest that acupuncture combined with physiotherapy may be a more beneficial treatment for patients with neck tension syndrome, rather than either treatment alone.

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