Acupressure at the same points of the body that stimulates the acupuncture seems to be more effective than physiotherapy in reducing pain in the lower back, according to a study by the National Taiwan University published in the online edition of the British Medical Journal.
Experts explain that the pain of the lower back is a common health problem worldwide. In previous studies, acupressure was shown to be effective in relieving various types of pain, but little is known about its effect on this back pain.
The researchers recruited 129 patients with chronic lower back from an orthopedic clinic. All patients completed a standard disability questionnaire before being randomly assigned to two treatment groups: 64 patients received six sessions of acupressure and another 65 received physiotherapy. The results were analyzed immediately after treatment and again after six months.
Half disability scores after treatment were lower in the acupressure group than in the physiotherapy group. The results were analyzed immediately after treatment and again after six months. Scientists explain that the acupressure provided a 89 percent reduction in disability compared with physical therapy, an improvement that lasted six months. The benefit was also greater in the acupressure group for variables such as leg pain, pain that interferes with work and days off.According to investigators, the study shows that acupressure is more effective than physiotherapy to relieve pain in the lower back in terms of pain scores, physical condition and disability.