Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research (2004): Supplement 2:
2nd International Congress on Traditional Medicine and Materia Medica
Effects of acupressure on low back pain
Pouresmail Z.1, Salsali M.2, Sepahvand F.2
1Shaheed Beheshty University Of Medical Sciences & Health Services, 2Tehran University
Low Bock Pain is a very common condition; as about 80% of people experience it throughout their life. Low Back Pain has negative effects on different aspects of the clients’ lives. The objective of the research is conducted to evaluate the effect of acupressure on Low Back Pain and decline amount medication.
Ninety patients were selected by convenience sampling and then randomly divided into three groups:
Experimental, placebo and control. The study subjects were 36 male and 54 female, ranging in age 20-50 years. It is worth mentioning that three groups used Acetaminophen tablet (325 mg) for their pain relief. Data were collected by a structured questionnaire, pain assessment numerical (0-10) scale before and after any intervention.
The results of study indicated that acupressure, sham acupressure and medications could alleviate, Low Bake Pain severity, but alleviation of pain was statically significant only in experimental group (P < 0.000 1), Decline in the amount of sedative usage in experimental group was statistically significant (P < 0.001) and both of Hypothesis was accepted.
This study showed that acupressure is effective on pain relief and reduce the amount of sedative, and also is holistic and non-invasive (safe) treatment.