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Acupressure more effective than Physical Therapy for treating Lower Back Pain

February 17th, 2006

Acupressure more effective than Physical Therapy for treating Lower Back Pain

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A randomized controlled trial first published on the online in the British Medical Journal, found that Acupressure of the thumbs and fingertips seemed to be more beneficial at reducing lower back pain compared to physical therapy.

Acupressure is a technique that many chiropractors use along with acupuncture.  Acupressure is applying pressure to certain parts of the body; in this case it was the fingertips and thumbs used for pain reduction in the lower back.  Acupuncture is similar except needles are used to stimulate the nervous system.  In this study the researchers focused on Acupressure compared to physical therapy.

Many people will have lower back pain at some time in their life, with some people suffering the pain on a regular basis.  The researchers from Taiwan found 129 patients that suffered chronic lower back pain from an orthopedic clinic.  The patients were divided randomly to two different groups.  The acupressure group consisting of 64 patients received a total of six sessions.  The remaining 65 patients were given physical therapy instead.  The duration of the study was six months.


The acupressure group had a significantly lower mean disability score after the treatment compared to the physical therapy group.  Acupressure worked so well that there was an 89 percent reduction in the acupressure groupís disabilities compared to the physical therapy group.  The dramatic improvements in the acupressure group lasted for six months.  The acupressure group improved on other things too, including leg pain, pain during the work day, and missing work or school because of pain.


It would be interesting if physical therapists will consider adding acupressure in their treatment for lower back pain in the future. The results from this study showed that the effects of treatment were beneficial for improving the quality of life for a person suffering from chronic lower back pain.

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