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Can laser acupuncture influence neuroplasticity as assessed by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)?

Objective: To investigate the influence of laser acupuncture on neuroplasticity, assessed using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Design: A randomized, controlled trial. Participants: Experimental Group: Participants receiving laser acupuncture. Control Group: Participants undergoing a sham procedure or receiving no treatment. Sample size determined based on power analysis. Intervention: Experimental Group: Laser acupuncture sessions targeting specific acupuncture points. Control Group: Sham laser acupuncture or no treatment. TMS Assessments: Pre- and post-intervention TMS assessments to evaluate neuroplastic changes in cortical excitability. Measures include Motor Threshold (MT), Cortical Silent Period (CSP), Intracortical Inhibition (SICI), and Intracortical Facilitation (ICF). Data Analysis: Comparison of pre-and post-intervention TMS measures between the experimental and control groups. Statistical analysis using appropriate tests to determine significance. Ethics: Approval from the Institutional Review Board and informed consent from all participants. Expected Outcome: Insights into the potential of laser acupuncture to induce neuroplastic changes in cortical excitability, as measured by TMS parameters. This study aims to contribute to our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the effects of laser acupuncture on the nervous system.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here:
Laser acupuncture, transcranial magnetic stimulation, TMS, Corticospinal excitability, Neuroplasticity, Cortical inhibition, Cortical facilitation
School of Primary and Allied Health Care
Available options 
Masters by research
Joint PhD/Exchange Program
Time commitment 
Top-up scholarship funding available 
Physical location 
Peninsula campus
Assoc Prof 
Maryam Zoghi

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