February 16, 2006

Acupressure relieves low back pain: study

LONDON (Reuters) - Acupressure has proved more effective
than conventional therapy in relieving lower back pain,
according to a Taiwanese study.

Almost 90 percent of patients in the study found their
disability was reduced by acupressure -- applying pressure with
thumbs and fingertips to the same points on the body stimulated
in acupuncture.

Low back pain is a common problem worldwide.

The researchers, whose study was published online by the
British Medical Journal on Friday, recruited 129 patients with
chronic lower back pain from an orthopedic clinic.

Half were given conventional physical therapy and half were
treated by acupressure.

Acupressure reduced disability for 89 percent of those
treated and the improvement lasted six months. It also helped
those who said they were suffering from leg pain and "pain
interfering with normal work."