Artificial Life and Robotics

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 520–526 | Cite as

The effect of different types of acupuncture manipulations on shoulder pain and cardiovascular circulation dynamics

  • Hongyang Li
  • Norio Tomita
  • Mako Iwahashi
  • Junsuke Arimitsu
  • Kanji Kawasaki
  • Akiko Shirai
  • Keiko Ogawa-OchiaiEmail author
Original Article


This study is to compare the effect of contacting needle technique (CNT) and insertion needle technique (INT) on cardiovascular dynamics and visual analogue scale (VAS) in patients with shoulder pain. A total of 11 patients (9 females, 2 males, average age 32.27) were recruited and divided into two groups (CNT group and INT group). The treatment was performed once a week and a total of 4 weeks. The changes in cardiovascular circulation dynamics were detected at baseline, during the treatment and after the treatment. Pain was assessed before and after acupuncture therapy. There was significant difference in VAS within each group. There was no significant difference between the two groups on CO, SV, BPs, BPd and VAS, and had significant difference on PR (P < 0.05). PR significantly decreased in both groups, the rate of decrease was significantly higher in the CNT group than that in the INT group.


Shoulder pain Acupuncture Contacting needle technique 



The acupuncture therapy of this work was technically supported by Mr. Masaki Tsuda. And we would like to thank Ms. Rei Mishima and Ms. Chie Ogasawara for their data measurement and Ms. Mie Morikawa for her affair assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hongyang Li
    • 1
  • Norio Tomita
    • 1
  • Mako Iwahashi
    • 1
  • Junsuke Arimitsu
    • 1
  • Kanji Kawasaki
    • 1
  • Akiko Shirai
    • 1
  • Keiko Ogawa-Ochiai
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Japanese-Traditional (Kampo) MedicineKanazawa University HospitalKanazawaJapan

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