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GOMES, Alessandra Vilas Boas Terra et al. Psychological stress treated by acupuncture and evaluated by trapezius muscle electromyography. Rev. dor [online]. 2012, vol.13, n.3, pp.220-224. ISSN 1806-0013.

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Stress is a modern life phenomenon and may be present in the lives of anyone, regardless of age, gender, social class or profession. This research aimed at proposing an alternative treatment for stress with acupuncture, evaluating by electromyography right and left trapezius muscles of patients under psychological stress one week before evaluations and after acupuncture. METHOD: Participated in this study 10 volunteers submitted to a questionnaire to evaluate signs of psychological stress. The trapezius muscle was selected for best reflecting stress signs. The study was bilateral and muscle action was captured at rest and during isometric activities with raising and lowering movements. The following points were needled during each one of the 10 acupuncture sessions: C7 point, points obtained as from a pentagram and confluence points of the distinct meridian affected on the pentagram. RESULTS: RMS values, compared before and after acupuncture treatment, at rest and with elevation of the scapula were statistically significant (p < 0.01). CONCLUSION: Muscles have shown less electromyographic activity after treatment, thus showing the efficacy of acupuncture for patients under psychological stress.

Keywords : Acupuncture; Electromyography; Psychological stress; Trapezius muscle.

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