Combined treatment (acupuncture and neuromuscular joint facilitation) for hemiplegic shoulder pain

Takeaway

  • A combined approach of neuromuscular joint facilitation (NJF) and acupuncture shows reduced pain and increased joint movement in rehabilitation of people with hemiplegic shoulder pain (HSP).

Why this matters

  • Shoulder pain is a common complaint of stroke survivors, and is associated with loss of joint movement, and reduced quality of life.

  • Rehabilitation treatments aimed at relieving unwanted symptoms and improving the patient’s wellbeing and joint movement are sought.