Acupuncture of Connective Tissue Involvement

HELENE M. LANGEVIN,*,2 DAVID L. CHURCHILL,* JUNRU WU,GARY J. BADGER,§ JASON A. YANDOW,* JAMES R. FOX,AND MARTIN H. KRAG‡ 

Departments of *Neurology, Physics, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, and §Medical Biostatistics,  University of Vermont College of Medicine, 

Acupuncture needle manipulation gives rise to ‘needle grasp’, a biomechanical phenomenon characterized by an increase in the force necessary to pull the needle out of the tissue (pullout force). This study investigates the hypothesis that winding of connective tissue rather than contraction of muscle is the mechanism responsi- ble for needle grasp. 

Resource:

FASEB Journal. Helene Langevin et al. Vol 16. June 2002.

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