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Papers: 18 Jul 2020 - 24 Jul 2020


Human Studies


Neural Plast


Imagined and Actual Acupuncture Effects on Chronic Low Back Pain: A Preliminary Study.


Cao J, Orr SP, Wilson G, Kong J
Neural Plast. 2020; 2020:8579743.
PMID: 32684925.


Research suggests that imagined experiences can produce brain responses similar to those produced by actual experiences. Shared brain responses that support both imagination and perception may underlie the functional nature of mental imagery. In a previous study, we combined acupuncture and imagery to develop a new treatment method, video-guided acupuncture imagery treatment (VGAIT). We found that VGAIT significantly increased pain thresholds in healthy subjects. The aim of this study is to extend our previous finding by investigating whether VGAIT can relieve symptoms in patients with chronic low back pain.