New Research Shows How Acupuncture Improves Sleep

New Research Shows How Acupuncture  Improves Sleep Blog  Acupuncture

Alternative medicines such as acupuncture and massage therapy are known to improve a variety of medical conditions, and new studies have also shown that acupuncture can improve health by increasing the quality of people’s sleep. A medical research group studying the effects of acupuncture discovered that it had a positive effect on the sleep of the test subjects. The electrical engineers on the research team used electroencephalogy (EEG) to detect and measure the brain activity of human subjects before, throughout, and following an acupuncture session. The outcome of the study conclusively showed that acupuncture benefits both the length and the quality of sleep by expanding slow wave activity throughout brain lobes.

Acupuncture affects sleep quality by heightening the levels of delta band power, a brain wave that is known to promote sleep. At the same time, the acupuncture of the study decreased the amount of alpha and beta band density in relation to the levels of delta band power in the brain. Lessening levels of alpha and beta band power throughout the brain has been shown to also improve sleep.

The researchers discovered these results after administering manual acupuncture to healthy subjects at acupoint ST36 with stainless steel acupuncture needles of 0.2 mm diameter. The acupuncture needles were inserted and retained in the subjects for 2 minutes before being manually rotated for 2 more minutes. During the acupuncture process, EEG was used to measure the power of the research subjects’ alpha, beta, delta, and theta brain bands, which all affect sleep. The results of these measurements decisively showed that delta band power increased throughout several parts of the brain both during and after acupuncture treatment.

The researchers showed a decisive change in EEG rhythms due to the acupuncture at point ST36, and they conclude that the ability of acupuncture therapy to increase delta band power and decrease alpha and beta band power positively benefits the length and quality of sleep. The researchers also noted that further study of brain activity may provide insight into what makes acupuncture and massage such effective types of alternative medicine. Since sleep is such an important component of health, the findings of this study will benefit those struggling to improve their sleep quality and duration.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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