Navigation Links
Mayo Clinic study shows acupuncture and myofascial trigger therapy treat same pain areas
Date:5/13/2008

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Ancient acupuncture and modern myofascial pain therapy each focus on hundreds of similar points on the body to treat pain, although they do it differently, says a physician at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville who analyzed the two techniques.

Results of the study, published May 10 in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, suggest that people who want relief from chronic musculoskeletal pain may benefit from either therapy, says chronic pain specialist Dr. Peter Dorsher of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic.

This may come as a surprise to those who perform the two different techniques, because the notion has been that these are exclusive therapies separated by thousands of years, he says. But this study shows that in the treatment of pain disorders, acupuncture and myofascial techniques are fundamentally similar and this is good news for anyone looking for relief.

Classic Chinese acupuncture treats pain and a variety of health disorders using fine needles to reset nerve transmission, Dorsher says. Needles are inserted in one or several of 361 classical acupoints to target specific organs or pain problems. This is a very safe and effective technique, he says.

Myofascial trigger-point therapy, which has evolved since the mid-1800s, focuses on tender muscle or trigger point regions. There are about 255 such regions described by the Trigger Point Manual, the seminal textbook on myofascial pain. These are believed to be sensitive and painful areas of muscle and fascia, the web of soft tissue that surrounds muscle, bones, organs and other body structures. To relieve pain at these trigger points, practitioners use injections, deep pressure, massage, mechanical vibration, electrical stimulation and stretching, among other techniques.

In the study, Dorsher analyzed studies published on both techniques and demonstrated that acupuncture points and trigger points are anatomically and clinically similar in their uses for treatment of pain disorders.

In another recent study, he found that at least 92 percent of common trigger points anatomically corresponded with acupoints, and that their clinical correspondence in treating pain was more than 95 percent. That means that the classical acupoint was in the same body region as the trigger point, was used for the same type of pain problem, and the trigger point referred pain pattern followed the meridian pathway of that acupoint described by the Chinese more than 2,000 years before, Dorsher says.

Myofascial pain therapy has lately incorporated the use of acupuncture needles in a treatment called dry needling to treat muscle trigger points. I think it is fair to say that the myofascial pain tradition represents an independent rediscovery of the healing principles of traditional Chinese medicine, Dorsher says. What likely unites these two disciplines is the nervous system, which transmits pain.


'/>"/>

Contact: Cynthia Nelson
nelson.cynthia1@mayo.edu
904-953-2299
Mayo Clinic
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Anemia and tropical diseases; Is pharmacogenomics ready for the clinic?
2. Radiologists encouraged to look beyond cancer for clinically unseen diseases
3. Clinical depression linked to abnormal emotional brain circuits
4. Preclinical study suggests organ-transplant drug may aid in lupus fight
5. Mayo Clinic researchers discover new diagnostic test for detecting infection in prosthetic joints
6. AASM encourages those student-athletes at risk for developing osa to visit a sleep clinic
7. Thailand: Partners Open Free AIDS Treatment Clinic in Renowned AIDS Temple in Lop Buri
8. MinuteClinic Becomes Participating Provider with Assurant Health
9. Therap Services Continues to Hire Experienced Developmental Disability Industry Clinicians for its Customer Support Team
10. Acupuncturists Relocation Tightens Relationship With Fertility Clinic
11. Cardiovascular Technologies to be Highlighted at 5th Annual Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit, Oct. 1-3
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... ... The Case Management Society of America (CMSA) will install six new members ... has elected their upcoming President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and two Directors to serve on the ... position has also been added to the BOD, per an appointment made by CMSA ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... 2017 , ... EpiGentek , a Farmingdale, NY-based biotech ... methylation “gold rush” with their established portfolio of optimized assay kits that measure ... m6A , RNA methylation has received a new burst in interest as ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... Ranch, California (PRWEB) , ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... commitment to its customers. First National Capital has added 10 new sales professionals over ... grow its sales positions by 15 additional new hires over the course of 2017. ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... From ... opioids alone responsible for over 33,000 of the 52,404 drug-related deaths in 2015.(2) ... (AB) 1512, which proposes a tax on prescription opioids to fund drug rehabilitation ...
(Date:3/25/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 25, 2017 , ... Norland at Swissray is pleased ... analyzers for large subjects. The ELITE DXA has an active scan window, which is ... or long to fit in the scan area could not undergo an accurate total body ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... , March 27, 2017  BERG, ... a data-driven, biological research approach, today announced ... to the discovery of new data using ... facilitate brown fat metabolism. Joslin Diabetes Center ... Interrogative Biology® platform for analysis of samples.  ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... -- Twist Bioscience, a company accelerating science and innovation through ... an additional $33 million. To date, Twist Bioscience has ... "It is an exciting time to be leading Twist ... deliver industry-leading gene volume to our customers, enabling innovative ... Ph.D., CEO of Twist Bioscience. "We welcome the additional ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... March 27, 2017 Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ... developing novel, small molecule drugs across multiple therapeutic areas, today ... Executive Officer, will present a corporate update at the 16th ... ET.  The conference will take place April 4-5, 2017 at ... York , NY.  A live audio ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: