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Acupressure is Effective in Reducing Chronic Low Back Pain

This randomized controlled trial of 129 patients with chronic low back pain compared one month of acupressure and physical therapy in order to evaluate the effectiveness of acupressure in terms of disability, pain scores, and functional status. The mean total disability questionnaire score after treatment was significantly lower in the acupressure group than in the physical therapy group. Acupressure conferred an 89% reduction in significant disability compared with physical therapy and the benefit was sustained for six months. Acupressure was effective in reducing low back pain in terms of disability, pain scores, and functional status. Hsieh LL, et al. Treatment of low back pain by acupressure and physical therapy: randomised controlled trial. BMJ. 332(7543): 696-700, 2006 Mar 25.



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