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Auricular acupunture therapy contribution to postural disorders: an exeperimental study randomized and controlled trial

Introduction: There are a lot of treatments about peripheral receptors of postural system 1-2 but exist few studies and treatments which allow to modulate the “central computer” of the system itself3-4.  There are three interpretative models about posture: Psychosomatic5; Biomechanical6; Neurophysiological7. Already in 2002 it proved how neuromodulator of auricle  brings to a  modification of  the cerebral fRMN8.
Aims: to establish experimentally if stimulation of specific points of auricle, compared with non-specific points (Sham), are able to modify posture significantly.
Metods: 44 patients, 20 male e 24 female aged between 17 and 69 years, were equally divided in 2 groups. All the patients were subjected to a postural evaluation through platform posturo-stabilometric: they were subjected a treatment of auricular therapy and immediately repeated the evaluation. This protocol was accomplished three times and spacing by three weeks. About stabilometric exam we have considered those  parameters: stabilometric area, asymmetry of rotation and the load percentage of the right foot. We executed the follow up after three months with the only evaluation posturo-stabilometric. We stimulated the points of auricular using Cryoalfa-Lux.
Results: Stabilometric areaFig1: the true acupuncture group start with a +10,71% respect the ideal one in the first session and it will go to reduce at -2,75% at the third. It loses its effectiveness and then in the follow up it reappears a deviation of -11%. The sham acupuncture starts very close to the ideal area with a deviation of +1,92%, much worse in the third session + 37,55% and finish the follow up at -14,72%.
Asymmetry of rotation: the true acupuncture group starts with a deviation respect the ideal of -2,367% and finish in the follow up with an improvement of -0,96%. The sham group starts with a -4,141 and maintain his deviation throughout all the treatmentsFig2.
Load of right foot: the true acupuncture group before have a deviation of +1,77% that change to +0,456% and +0,838% in the third session and in the follow up. The sham acupuncture group starts with a deviation of 4,6% and reduce to -1,38% and -0,374% in the third session and during the follow upFig3.
Conclusions: We can conclude that neuromodulator of auricular is an important tool to improve the posture.
This treatment should be framed in a treatment where are taken in consideration all the aspects, also relations, biomechanical and psych emotive.
They are undoubtedly desirable new studies, with adequate numbers for statistical purposes.


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8. Alimi D., Geissmann A., Gurardeur D.: Auriculair Acupuncture Stimolation Measured On Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Medical Acupuncture, Vol. 13,2,18-21, 2002.

A cura di:
A. Lovato*, N. Lovato, M. Parmagnani, F. Ceccherelli*, G. Gagliardi*.
* A.I.R.A.S. (Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca e l’Aggiornamento Scientifico) Padova, Italy.

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