A Study By University of Michigan Reveals How Acupressure Can Reduce Back Pain
American Fork, Utah, United States, May 29 2020 Published via (Wiredrelease) — The theory of promoting healing through acupressure has been used in traditional Chinese medicine practices for its therapeutic effect. Until recently, there was little evidence that backed up the scientific benefits of acupressure.
This changed with a recent study conducted by the University of Michigan. The study, which explores the benefit of acupressure on back pain, shows promising results.
In the study, a group of 67 participants with chronic back pain is separated into 3 groups. Each of the groups is treated with relaxing acupressure, stimulating acupressure, and existing treatment prescribed by their doctors.
After undergoing 30 minutes of acupressure treatment daily for 6 weeks, participants who are treated with acupressure reported a reduction of pain by an average of 36%.
In a way, the study has further suggested that acupressure is a viable treatment for back pain and possibly other forms of complications.
How You Can Benefit From Acupressure
It is important to differentiate acupressure from acupuncture, which shares the same principle. Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into meridian points, with the belief that the process promotes ‘energy’ movement in the body.
Acupressure, which is an extension of acupuncture, is a non-invasive approach gear toward achieving the same result.
The healing effect of acupressure is achieved by massaging the muscles or meridian points that connect to various parts of the body. When these areas are massaged, blood and oxygen are delivered more efficiently to the affected areas.
For example, applying force or massaging a particular pressure point in the feet can bring relief for migraines.
Traditionally, the therapeutic effect of triggering the pressure point is delivered via acupuncture. The act of piercing needles into parts of the body may intimidate some individuals. In such cases, acupressure will be the better option as it delivers the same result.
Comparatively, the public has a broader option with acupressure compared to acupuncture. As acupressure is a generally safe procedure, people can administer self-acupressure by getting an acupressure mat or make appointments with a trained therapist.
Acupressure Is The Better Alternative For Pain Killers
The conventional approach for pain management is by taking pain-killer drugs. While drugs can numb the pain, they are known to produce side effects. Also, some patients may end up getting addicted or over-reliant on the drugs.
It becomes unhealthy when pain-killers become the sole solution for people suffering from chronic pain.
Acupressure has proven to be a reliable pain management alternative, as seen in the latest study. Not only that, but acupressure is also linked to alleviating insomnia, depression, and fatigue.
The increasingly-popular practice is fueled by its low-cost and safety. Professional therapists agreed that there is a minimal risk when people are applying acupressure at home. It is also an easy procedure where individuals massage the pressure points for an average of 20 minutes.
Alternatively, the public can seek the advice of licensed acupressure therapists.
Acupressure is appealing for those seeking drug-alternative solutions that are economical and effective. It is expected that more studies will be conducted on acupressure after researchers discovered strong evidence of acupressure in dealing with back pain.