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Effect of Acu-TENS on recovery heart rate after treadmill running exercise in subjects with normal health.
Complement Ther Med. 2007 Jun; 15(2):109-14.CT

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

This study aims to investigate the effect of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, applied at bilateral acupuncture points PC6 (Acu-TENS), on recovery heart rate (HR) in healthy subjects after treadmill running exercise.

DESIGN

A single blinded, randomized controlled trial.

SETTING

Laboratory with healthy male subjects (n=28).

INTERVENTIONS

Each subject participated in three separate protocols in random order. PROTOCOL A: The subject followed the Bruce protocol and ran on a treadmill until their HR reached 70% of their maximum (220-age). At this 'target' HR, the subject adopted the supine position and Acu-TENS to bilateral PC6 was commenced. PROTOCOL B: Identical to protocol A except that Acu-TENS was applied in the supine position for 45min prior to, but not after exercise. PROTOCOL C: Identical to protocol A except that placebo Acu-TENS was applied.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES

Heart rate was recorded before and at 30s intervals after exercise until it returned to the pre-exercise baseline. The time for HR to return to baseline was compared for each protocol.

RESULTS

Acu-TENS applied to bilateral PC6 resulted in a faster return to pre-exercise HR compared to placebo. Time required for HR to return to pre-exercise level in protocols A-C was 5.5+/-3.0; 4.8+/-3.3; 9.4+/-3.7 min, respectively (p<0.001). There was no statistical difference in HR recovery time between protocols A and B. Subjects expressed the lowest rate of perceived exertion score (RPE) at 70% maximum HR with protocol B.

CONCLUSION

This study suggests that Acu-TENS applied to PC6 may facilitate HR recovery after high intensity treadmill exercise.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Physiotherapy, Alice Ho Mui Ling Nethersole Hospital, Hong Kong.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17544861

Citation

Cheung, Leo Chin-Ting, and Alice Yee-Men Jones. "Effect of Acu-TENS On Recovery Heart Rate After Treadmill Running Exercise in Subjects With Normal Health." Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 15, no. 2, 2007, pp. 109-14.
Cheung LC, Jones AY. Effect of Acu-TENS on recovery heart rate after treadmill running exercise in subjects with normal health. Complement Ther Med. 2007;15(2):109-14.
Cheung, L. C., & Jones, A. Y. (2007). Effect of Acu-TENS on recovery heart rate after treadmill running exercise in subjects with normal health. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 15(2), 109-14.
Cheung LC, Jones AY. Effect of Acu-TENS On Recovery Heart Rate After Treadmill Running Exercise in Subjects With Normal Health. Complement Ther Med. 2007;15(2):109-14. PubMed PMID: 17544861.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Effect of Acu-TENS on recovery heart rate after treadmill running exercise in subjects with normal health. AU - Cheung,Leo Chin-Ting, AU - Jones,Alice Yee-Men, Y1 - 2006/10/27/ PY - 2005/08/24/received PY - 2006/08/09/revised PY - 2006/09/07/accepted PY - 2007/6/5/pubmed PY - 2007/8/19/medline PY - 2007/6/5/entrez SP - 109 EP - 14 JF - Complementary therapies in medicine JO - Complement Ther Med VL - 15 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate the effect of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, applied at bilateral acupuncture points PC6 (Acu-TENS), on recovery heart rate (HR) in healthy subjects after treadmill running exercise. DESIGN: A single blinded, randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Laboratory with healthy male subjects (n=28). INTERVENTIONS: Each subject participated in three separate protocols in random order. PROTOCOL A: The subject followed the Bruce protocol and ran on a treadmill until their HR reached 70% of their maximum (220-age). At this 'target' HR, the subject adopted the supine position and Acu-TENS to bilateral PC6 was commenced. PROTOCOL B: Identical to protocol A except that Acu-TENS was applied in the supine position for 45min prior to, but not after exercise. PROTOCOL C: Identical to protocol A except that placebo Acu-TENS was applied. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Heart rate was recorded before and at 30s intervals after exercise until it returned to the pre-exercise baseline. The time for HR to return to baseline was compared for each protocol. RESULTS: Acu-TENS applied to bilateral PC6 resulted in a faster return to pre-exercise HR compared to placebo. Time required for HR to return to pre-exercise level in protocols A-C was 5.5+/-3.0; 4.8+/-3.3; 9.4+/-3.7 min, respectively (p<0.001). There was no statistical difference in HR recovery time between protocols A and B. Subjects expressed the lowest rate of perceived exertion score (RPE) at 70% maximum HR with protocol B. CONCLUSION: This study suggests that Acu-TENS applied to PC6 may facilitate HR recovery after high intensity treadmill exercise. SN - 0965-2299 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17544861/Effect_of_Acu_TENS_on_recovery_heart_rate_after_treadmill_running_exercise_in_subjects_with_normal_health_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0965-2299(06)00100-2 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -