alexa Brief Report: Is Acupressure an Effective Treatment of Lower Back Pain? A Narrative Review
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Brief Report: Is Acupressure an Effective Treatment of Lower Back Pain? A Narrative Review

Vimal Patel1 and Shaun Holt2,*

1Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

2School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

*Corresponding Author:
Adjunct Professor
Victoria University of Wellington
School of Biological Sciences Kelburn
Wellington, North Island 6012
New Zealand
Tel: +64 29 200 11 11
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: December 08, 2015 Accepted date: November 23, 2015 Published date: December 30, 2015

Citation: Patel V, Holt S (2015) Brief Report: Is Acupressure an Effective Treatment of Lower Back Pain? A Narrative Review. Altern Integr Med 4:206. doi:10.4172/2327-5162.1000206

Copyright: © 2015 Patel V, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi, the life force, is said to have impeded or abnormal flow through the body when disease is present. Restoration of Qi flow is said to regain balance between Yin, Yang and Qi, resulting in the restoration of normal health. A number of therapies have evolved which attempt to restore the normal function of meridians, the channels in the body within which Qi flows. The best known is acupuncture which involves the insertion of needles into pressure points along blocked or affected meridians to restore Qi flow. Acupressure is believed by its advocates to achieve the same goal by applying pressure instead of needles.

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