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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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Pain intensity evolution under palpation exam of orofacial muscles and TMJ.
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fig4: Pain intensity evolution under palpation exam of orofacial muscles and TMJ.

Mentions: The data obtained by the EVA and subjected to statistical analysis showed the evolution of painful symptoms in TMD patients in five different moments of the evaluation survey and were represented by the average pain intensity assessed according to Figure 4, with regard to orofacial structures: temporal muscles (a), masseter (b), medial pterygoid (c), lateral pterygoid (d), TMJ (e), and retrodiscal TMJ (f). The evolution of symptoms in both groups assessed showed a statistically significant decrease (p < 0.05) in muscle and joint symptoms during treatment in both established therapeutic modalities (Table 3). However, in the first week of therapy, the intensity of pain on palpation proved to be lower in the experimental group, for most of the structures evaluated (Table 4).


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)

Pain intensity evolution under palpation exam of orofacial muscles and TMJ.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4553336&req=5

fig4: Pain intensity evolution under palpation exam of orofacial muscles and TMJ.
Mentions: The data obtained by the EVA and subjected to statistical analysis showed the evolution of painful symptoms in TMD patients in five different moments of the evaluation survey and were represented by the average pain intensity assessed according to Figure 4, with regard to orofacial structures: temporal muscles (a), masseter (b), medial pterygoid (c), lateral pterygoid (d), TMJ (e), and retrodiscal TMJ (f). The evolution of symptoms in both groups assessed showed a statistically significant decrease (p < 0.05) in muscle and joint symptoms during treatment in both established therapeutic modalities (Table 3). However, in the first week of therapy, the intensity of pain on palpation proved to be lower in the experimental group, for most of the structures evaluated (Table 4).

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.


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