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Effect of acupuncture on gait in Parkinson’s disease: a case report
  1. Shimpei Fukuda,
  2. Masato Egawa
  1. Department of Health Promotion and Geriatric Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Meiji University of Integrative Medicine, Kyoto, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shimpei Fukuda, Department of Health Promotion and Geriatric Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Meiji University of Integrative Medicine, Hiyoshi-cyo, Nantan-shi, Kyoto 629-0392, Japan; sandangamae{at}gmail.com

Abstract

This case report describes the treatment of gait disturbance in a 64-year-old woman with Parkinson's disease. Needling for 10 min of areas of muscle stiffness and of muscle tonus areas in both lower limbs resulted in immediate temporary alleviation of muscle stiffness and muscle tonus of the bilateral anterior surface of the thigh muscle, the biceps femoris muscle, and the semitendinosus muscle for the duration of the treatment, with improvement in the disturbed gait of the patient. This response occurred regularly on repeated treatment, and was maintained between treatments.

  • ACUPUNCTURE
  • GERIATRIC MEDICINE

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