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Effect of Acupuncture using Press Needle on Muscle Pain and Stiffness after Marathon Race-Double Blind Randomized Control Trial.

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  • マラソン後の筋痛と筋硬度に対する円皮しんの効果  二重盲検ランダム化比較試験による検討
  • マラソン後の筋痛と筋硬度に対する円皮鍼の効果 : 二重盲検ランダム化比較試験による検討
  • マラソン ゴ ノ キンツウ ト キン コウド ニ タイスル エン ヒシン ノ コウカ 2ジュウ モウケンランダムカ ヒカク シケン ニ ヨル ケントウ
  • Double Blind Randomized Control Trial
  • 二重盲検ランダム化比較試験による検討

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Abstract

A double blind randomized control trial was performed to clarify the effects of acupuncture using a press needle on muscle pain, serum creatine kinase (CK) activity and muscle stiffness that resulted from running a marathon race. Sham press needles (placebo needles), which have the same package but without a needle tip, were developed by the acupuncture study authors. The subjects were 15 university students who participated in a marathon for the first time. Subjects were randomly assigned to two groups: the real acupuncture group and the placebo acupuncture group.<br>Both the real and the sham needles were applied to eight traditional Chinese acupoints in the lower limbs. They were applied before the start of the race and removed five days after the race.<br>Physical and biochemical examinations to determine the degree of muscle pain, CK activity, LDH isozyme, body flexion in standing position and muscle hardness were evaluated three times-before the start, after the finish, and five days after the finish.<br>Result: 1) The real acupuncture group showed less muscle pain than the placebo acupuncture group. 2) CK activity and LDH4-5 showed higher levels after the finish than before the start, but no significant difference was obtained among the groups. 3) No significant difference in time course change of the body flexion was obtained among the groups. 4) Hardness of vastus lateralis and vastus medialis showed higher levels after the finish than before the start, but no significant difference was obtained among the groups.

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  • Kampo Medicine

    Kampo Medicine 54 (5), 939-944, 2003

    The Japan Society for Oriental Medicine

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