Paola Urroz



The effects of acupuncture and instruction on post-exercise recovery: a balanced-placebo controlled trial

MSc, 2013 to 2015

School of Science and Health, University of Western Sydney


My project investigated the effect of acute (20 min) acupuncture treatment administered immediately after a maximal exercise test on physiological measures of recovery, including HR, BP, gas analysis measures, and blood lactate.  This project attempted to overcome the limitations of previous research by investigating an acupuncture naïve cohort and employing a balanced-placebo, 2×2 factorial study design  with treatment allocation and expected allocation as factors.  The major advantage of this design is that it can dissociate improvements caused by acupuncture from those caused by the placebo effect, if any.

Publications (from MSc and associated work)

Urroz, P., Colagiuri, B., Smith, C. A., & Cheema, B. (2016). Effect of acupuncture and instruction on physiological recovery from maximal exercise: a balanced placebo-controlled trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 16: Article 227. ↓pdf

Urroz, P., Colagiuri B., Smith, C. A., & Cheema, B. (2013). Effect of acute acupuncture treatment on exercise performance and post-exercise recovery: a systematic review. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 19: 9-16. ↓pdf

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