Effects of acupuncture on exercise-induced muscle soreness and serum creatine kinase activity

J G Lin, S H Yang
American Journal of Chinese Medicine 1999, 27 (3-4): 299-305
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of acupuncture on delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) produced by exercise. Baseline data were collected on 20 male subjects for intensity of muscle soreness and serum creatine kinase (CK) activity. All values were subsequently reassessed 24, 48 and 72 hours after exercise. The experimental group received acupuncture treatment while the control group received no treatment. Muscle soreness perception was significantly less (P < 0.05) at 72 hours in the acupuncture treated group compared to control group. However, the change in CK was not significantly different between groups. These results suggest that acupuncture is effective in decreasing muscle soreness but does not prevent CK release from muscle.

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