“Brain Mechanisms of Psychosocial Aspects of Acupuncture Therapy”
The overall aim of the present proposal is to investigate how patients' and clinicians' (Licensed acupuncturists, LAc) neural and autonomic processes during treatment interaction correlate to patient outcomes. Male and female healthy clinicians and fibromyalgia patients will be recruited for the study.
Device - Electroacupuncture Analgesia
Acupuncture needles will be inserted next to the cuff placed on the leg and will be connected to electrodes. Low-amplitude electrical current will be activated when a button is pressed via a handheld device, controlled by the acupuncturist, in order to reduce pain, acting as an analgesic.
Device - Hokanson Rapid Cuff Inflator
The Hokanson Rapid Cuff Inflator will be placed on the lower right leg of the subject and utilized for pain testing purposes according to the protocol. Ascending pressures will be administered using the cuff to elicit different pain intensities.
Optimization of Brain-based Mechanisms Supporting Psychosocial Aspects of Acupuncture Therapy - a Hyperscanning fMRI Study