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,
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