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Fisioterapia em Movimento

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MELO, Natália Ribeiro de; MONTEIRO, Flávia Maria de Albuquerque Cordeiro; PONTES, Gabriela Arruda Reinaux  and  MELLO, Simone Monte Bandeira de. Eletrolipólise through electric transcutaneous nerve stimulation (Tens) in the abdominal region in sedentary patients and active. Fisioter. mov. [online]. 2012, vol.25, n.1, pp. 127-140. ISSN 0103-5150.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-51502012000100013.

INTRODUCTION: Electrolipolysis is a thechnique used to treat the accumulation of fat tissue located in certain regions of the body. It’s application occurs through a pair of acunpucture needles into the subcutaneous tissue connected to a low-frequency current. This electrical stimulation causes several physiological changes in the adipocyte, among them, the increase in local blood flow, increased cellular metabolism and burn calories. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of electrolipolysis in reducing localized fat in the infra-abdominal in patients who engage in physical activity and in sedentary patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients aged within 18 an 30 years, female, underwent evaluation where we measured the body mass index (BMI), waist/hip ratio (W/H). With a tape measure it was measured the waist circumference (below the last rib), the lower abdomen (above the iliac crest), 5cm and 10cm above the lower abdomen. The patients underwent 20 sessions, twice a week with eight acupuncture needles connected to a transcutaneous electric stimulation of low-frequency current (Tens). RESULTS: It was observed the reduction of measures of fat tissue in both groups, being most noticeable in the sedentary group. CONCLUSION: Despite the significant loss of fat in this study, the results were not significant because of the withdrawal of volunteers during the treatment. This was actually a point that made the study more difficult, as the work should have been done with the 26 patients.

Keywords : Electrolipolysis; Tens; Metabolism.

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