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It’s a moment most of us dread…
You bend down to put on your sock, pick up a bar of soap, pet your dog, get into a yoga pose and — youch! — your lower back spasms. Suddenly, you can’t stand up straight. So, you hobble over to the couch and lie down for several hours (or days) in serious pain.
About 80 percent of us will have an experience like this at some point in our lives (most of us more than once). Sometimes, pain even becomes chronic. Unfortunately, doctors don’t have much to offer during these distressing moments besides painkillers and common sense advice like “get some rest.”
So, what can you do to find real relief from low back pain… especially if it becomes chronic?
Well, I’ll tell you one of the most scientifically proven alternative therapies for low back pain — acupuncture. Several comprehensive research reviews of randomized clinical trials show acupuncture can improve low back pain and increase mobility.
But here’s the problem with acupuncture… it’s expensive. It ranges anywhere from $50 to $100 a session. And for chronic issues, you may need several sessions a week for a while before your pain eases up.
Luckily, there’s another effective, cost-conscious alternative for easing low back pain immediately in the comfort of your own home — acupressure.
Acupressure goes to bat against low back pain fast
A recent study from researchers at the University of Michigan found that acupressure can improve chronic lower back pain.
In case you don’t know, acupressure is another therapeutic technique from Chinese medicine. But instead of using needles to stimulate certain points on the body as acupuncture does, acupressure stimulates these points using a finger or thumb.
The study included 67 people with chronic low back pain who were split into three groups. One group received relaxing acupressure (a type developed for insomnia), one group received stimulating acupressure (a type developed for fatigue) and the third group received the usual back pain care.
People in the acupressure groups were taught how to perform the techniques on themselves. They did acupressure on themselves for about 30 minutes a day for six weeks. And here’s what happened…
People in the relaxing acupressure group had less pain when the six weeks were up. People in the stimulating acupressure group felt less pain and less fatigue when the six weeks were up. People in the usual care group didn’t have these improvements.
So, acupressure appears to be a promising treatment for low back pain. And since it’s affordable and safe, you might as well try it. What do you have to lose?
Get pain relief from acupressure right now
If you’d like to try acupressure to ease your low back pain, rent a book from the library (or buy one). It will give you an in-depth overview of all the acupressure points (there are quite a few) and which ones might work for you.
In the meantime, you can also check out the helpful video below, which provides a few specific acupuncture points for relieving low back pain that you can try today. You want to use deep, firm pressure to stimulate these points. And you can stimulate them as many times as you’d like throughout the day. If you find the points hard to reach on yourself, ask a friend or partner to help you out. Here’s hoping a bit of daily acupressure can keep your back healthy and pain-free!
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- Lower back pain? Self-administered acupressure could help: study — MedicalXpress
- Low Back Pain Fact Sheet — National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- Meta-Analysis: Acupuncture for Low Back Pain — British Journal of Sports Medicine
- Acupuncture for Low Back Pain: An Overview of Systematic Reviews — Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- Acupressure for Beginners — ExploreIM