Motion acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain: principles and methods

Decheng Chen, Guanhu Yang, Xiaochuan Chen, Kehua Zhou


Musculoskeletal Pain is a common disorder with diverse etiology. Among a variety of modalities that are currently used in clinic, acupuncture has gained widespread popularity for treating musculoskeletal pain. In this article, we aim to introduce a novel acupuncture technique, termed motion acupuncture, for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, which is characteristic of carrying out active or passive motions of the body parts by patients under supervision of an acupuncturist, with needles inserted and retained in the acupuncture points. Motion acupuncture is mainly composed of three procedures: finding targets (target examination), inserting needles, and performing motion with needles retained. Application of motion acupuncture in our daily acupuncture clinic has shown a rapid efficacy in alleviating musculoskeletal pain caused by various etiologies. In this article, the principles and methods of motion acupuncture are described, and the underlying mechanisms of action are reviewed and discussed.


Motion acupuncture; Musculoskeletal Pain; Fascia; Target points.

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