A new study has shown that the ancient form of complementary medicine can be effective in helping people deal with mild traumatic brain injury.

The study involved a treatment known as acupressure fingertips are used to stimulate the person’s body at specific locations – such as steps to stimulate the acupuncture needles are the standard treatments, said that the University of Colorado at Boulder Professor Teresa Hernandez, the lead author.

The results suggest a link between treatments of acupressure and improved cognitive function in study subjects with a mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

The type of treatment used in acupressure called Jin Shin study.

For the study, Hernandez and his colleagues focused on 26 points on the human body, used in standard treatments Shin Jin-from head to toe. The study subjects received all treatments Shin Jin-trained practitioners.

According to operators, Jin Shin acupressure points are located along the “meridians”, runs the body that is associated with specific energy pathways. It is believed that every point of health is tied to specific body organs, as well as the whole body and brain, said Hernandez.

The study involved 38 subjects, each of whom had been randomly assigned to two groups – who was active in experimental treatments for experts trained in acupressure and a control group who received care from the same places in the body of experts that are not considered as points of acupuncture is a placebo.

The team used a standard battery of neuropsychological tests to assess the results.

In a test called Digit Span test, subjects were asked to repeat sequences of numbers after hearing them, so both front and back, to see how many digits he could remember. These subjects receiving active treatment acupressure showed increases in memory function, Hernandez said.

Another standard test used in psychological research, called the Stroop task in terms of working memory and attention.

Subjects reported the names of colors like blue, green or red on the computer screen. When the names of specific colors are displayed on the screen in a different color ink – as the word “green” in blue ink set – subjects spend more time in the name of the color of the ink and the results are more prone to error, according to Hernandez.

Stroop test subjects is a CU-Boulder study wore special caps connected to electrodes to measure brain activity linked to specific stimuli. The results showed, that have been active acupressure treatments to stimulation responded more quickly than those who received placebo treatment, said Hernandez.
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