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Ear Acupuncture Therapy for Masticatory Myofascial and Temporomandibular Pain: A Controlled Clinical Trial.

Ferreira LA, Grossmann E, Januzzi E, Gonçalves RT, Mares FA, de Paula MV, Carvalho AC - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med (2015)

Bottom Line: Ear acupuncture works by reducing painful sensations with analgesic effect through microsystem therapy and has been demonstrated to be as effective as conventional therapies in the control of facial pain.Both groups showed a statistically significant decrease in muscle and joint symptoms (p < 0.05).It was demonstrated to be effective in the reduction of symptoms in the short term.

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Affiliation: Departamento de Radiologia da Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rua Luiz Andrade Silveira 207, Centenário, 36045-280 Juiz de Fora, MG, Brazil.

ABSTRACT
Ear acupuncture works by reducing painful sensations with analgesic effect through microsystem therapy and has been demonstrated to be as effective as conventional therapies in the control of facial pain. This clinical trial aimed to evaluate the adjuvant action of auricular acupuncture through an observation of the evolution of temporomandibular and masticatory myofascial symptoms in two groups defined by the therapies elected: auricular acupuncture associated with occlusal splint (study) and the use of the occlusal splint plate alone (control). We have selected 20 patients, who were randomly allocated into two groups of ten individuals. Symptoms were evaluated in five different moments, every seven days. We analyzed the orofacial muscle and joint palpation in order to measure the intensity of the experienced pain. Both groups showed a statistically significant decrease in muscle and joint symptoms (p < 0.05). However, comparisons between the groups showed an expressive and significant reduction of symptomatology in the study group (p < 0.05) already on the first week of therapy. According to the results, to the methodological criteria developed and statistical analysis applied, the conclusion is that auricular acupuncture therapy has synergistic action on conventional occlusal splint treatment. It was demonstrated to be effective in the reduction of symptoms in the short term.

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Mentions: The 20 patients were randomly divided into two groups: G1 (control), with ten patients who were treated exclusively with the occlusal splint; G2 (study) also composed of ten patients who were treated with auricular acupuncture associated with the occlusal splint (Figure 1).


Ear Acupuncture Therapy for Masticatory Myofascial and Temporomandibular Pain: A Controlled Clinical Trial.

Ferreira LA, Grossmann E, Januzzi E, Gonçalves RT, Mares FA, de Paula MV, Carvalho AC - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med (2015)

Trial profile.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig1: Trial profile.
Mentions: The 20 patients were randomly divided into two groups: G1 (control), with ten patients who were treated exclusively with the occlusal splint; G2 (study) also composed of ten patients who were treated with auricular acupuncture associated with the occlusal splint (Figure 1).

Bottom Line: Ear acupuncture works by reducing painful sensations with analgesic effect through microsystem therapy and has been demonstrated to be as effective as conventional therapies in the control of facial pain.Both groups showed a statistically significant decrease in muscle and joint symptoms (p < 0.05).It was demonstrated to be effective in the reduction of symptoms in the short term.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Departamento de Radiologia da Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rua Luiz Andrade Silveira 207, Centenário, 36045-280 Juiz de Fora, MG, Brazil.

ABSTRACT
Ear acupuncture works by reducing painful sensations with analgesic effect through microsystem therapy and has been demonstrated to be as effective as conventional therapies in the control of facial pain. This clinical trial aimed to evaluate the adjuvant action of auricular acupuncture through an observation of the evolution of temporomandibular and masticatory myofascial symptoms in two groups defined by the therapies elected: auricular acupuncture associated with occlusal splint (study) and the use of the occlusal splint plate alone (control). We have selected 20 patients, who were randomly allocated into two groups of ten individuals. Symptoms were evaluated in five different moments, every seven days. We analyzed the orofacial muscle and joint palpation in order to measure the intensity of the experienced pain. Both groups showed a statistically significant decrease in muscle and joint symptoms (p < 0.05). However, comparisons between the groups showed an expressive and significant reduction of symptomatology in the study group (p < 0.05) already on the first week of therapy. According to the results, to the methodological criteria developed and statistical analysis applied, the conclusion is that auricular acupuncture therapy has synergistic action on conventional occlusal splint treatment. It was demonstrated to be effective in the reduction of symptoms in the short term.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus