Never miss a story

Get subscribed to our newsletter


×
Researchers have found that acupressure, a traditional Chinese medicine technique, can improve chronic pain symptoms in the lower back. Pixabay

People with back pain, take note. Researchers have found that acupressure, a traditional Chinese medicine technique, can improve chronic pain symptoms in the lower back.

“In many cases, acupressure is advisable for minor pains in the body which includes lower back pain also as it deals with applying pressure on the body which includes massages, stretching and other techniques that results in relaxation,” Sumit Bhushan Sharma, Associate Director, Department of Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement at Jaypee Hospital in Noida, told IANS.


In the study, published in the journal Pain Medicine, the research team randomly assigned 67 participants with chronic lower back pain into three groups: relaxing acupressure, stimulating acupressure or usual care.

“Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but instead of needles, the pressure is applied with a finger, thumb or device to specific points on the body,” said study lead author Susan Murphy, Associate Professor at Michigan University.


People with back pain, take note. Researchers have found that acupressure, a traditional Chinese medicine technique, can improve chronic pain symptoms in the lower back. Pixabay

“Relaxing acupressure is thought to be effective in reducing insomnia while stimulating acupressure is thought to be effective in fatigue reduction,” Murphy said.

While acupressure has been previously studied and found to be beneficial in people with cancer-related or osteoarthritis pain, few studies have examined acupressure in people with back pain.

For the study, participants in the acupressure groups were trained to administer acupressure on certain points of the body and spent between 27-30 minutes daily, over six weeks, performing the technique.

Participants in the usual care group were asked to continue whatever treatments they were currently receiving from their care providers to manage their back pain and fatigue.

Also Read- Sony Launches Latest Addition to Its E-Mount Full-Frame Lens Line-Up

Compared to the usual care group, the research found that people who performed stimulating acupressure experienced pain and fatigue improvement and those that performed relaxing acupressure felt their pain had improved after six weeks.

Chronic pain is difficult to manage and people with the condition tend to have additional symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disturbance and depression.

The study highlights the benefits of a non-pharmacological treatment option that patients could perform easily on their own and see positive results. (IANS)


Popular

Photo by Souvik Banerjee on Unsplash

"Subscriptions are for creators," Instagram chief Adam Mosseri said in a video posted on Twitter.

Meta-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram has started testing subscriptions, a new feature allowing creators to offer paid followers access to exclusive content. Currently, only 10 US creators have gained access to the new feature, including basketball player Sedona Prince, model Kelsey Cook, actor-influencer Alan Chikin Chow, Olympic gymnast Jordan Chiles and digital creator Lonnie IIV.

"Subscriptions are for creators," Instagram chief Adam Mosseri said in a video posted on Twitter. "Creators do what they do to make a living and it's important that it is predictable." Followers will pay a monthly fee to access subscriber-only content from creators they follow. Subscription pricing ranges from $0.99 per month to $99.99 per month.

person holding black android smartphone Instagram users who subscribe to a creator will have access to subscriber-only stories, live streams, and other content. | Photo by Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash

Keep Reading Show less
IANS

The Perroayuda Welfare Foundation (PWF), recently held a Mega Stray Feeding Drive in Lajpat Nagar with the goal of feeding all of the area's stray animals.

By IANSlife

Many stray animals are trying to survive as the temperature in the capital continues to drop. Many strays lose this battle trying to find food and warmth under a scrap of clothing or caged up in the corner of streets. The Perroayuda Welfare Foundation (PWF), a Delhi-based animal welfare organisation, recently held a Mega Stray Feeding Drive in Lajpat Nagar with the goal of feeding all of the area's stray animals. These wonderful Samaritans come from all around Delhi-NCR with one goal in mind: to rescue, feed, and adopt all animals in need.

woman holding a dog Many stray animals are trying to survive as the temperature in the capital continues to drop. | Af.Mil

Keep Reading Show less
Bisma Mahendra / Unsplash

Flag of Indonesia

Indonesian lawmakers passed a law on the relocation of the nation's capital to the island of Kalimantan, which shares borders with Malaysia and Brunei, from the most populated island of Java. The move is a step forward in one of the most ambitious projects initiated by the country's President Joko Widodo, Xinhua news agency reported. Some former presidents had floated ideas of relocating the capital city in the past. The president, widely known as Jokowi, three years ago vowed to relocate the capital city to the province of East Kalimantan due to a number of issues like high population density and land subsidence in Jakarta which is home to more than 10 million people.


Keep reading... Show less