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Does Auricular Acupuncture Improve Tolerance to Electromyography (EMG) Testing?

2014-08-27 03:17:50 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Needle Electromyography (EMG) is an important test used to assess muscle and nerve function, but the test can be uncomfortable. It is currently not standard practice to provide any pain-relieving intervention for this procedure. The purpose of this research study is to determine whether auricular (ear) acupuncture will make EMG testing less painful.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Pain

Intervention

auricular acupuncture

Location

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
West Orange
New Jersey
United States
07052

Status

Recruiting

Source

Kessler Foundation

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:17:50-0400

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Acupuncture therapy by inserting needles in the ear. It is used to control pain and for treating various ailments.

A type of massage in which finger pressure on specific body sites is used to promote healing, relieve fatigue, etc. Although the anatomical locations are the same as the ACUPUNCTURE POINTS used in ACUPUNCTURE THERAPY (hence acu-), no needle or other acupuncture technique is employed in acupressure. (From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed). Shiatsu is a modern outgrowth that focuses more on prevention than healing.

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Designated locations along nerves or organ meridians for inserting acupuncture needles.

The occupational discipline of the traditional Chinese methods of ACUPUNCTURE THERAPY for treating disease by inserting needles along specific pathways or meridians.

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