TREATMENT OF ACUTE LOW BACK PAIN USING ACUPRESSURE TOUCH AND MASSAGE

JOSEPH GODGES


1982 CONFERENCE PAPER


ABSTRACT:

Applied kinesiological muscle balancing techniques were applied to patients with acute or subacute low back pain to determine if these techniques offered immediate symptomatic reIief. Pain level, spinal flexion, and abdominal strength changes were measured in 13 patients who were treated with muscle balancing techniques taught in a basic Touch For Health course, and in 13 patients who received a placebo treatment. Touch For Health balancing significantly decreased pain, increased ability to perform a sit-up, and increased range of spinal flexion. Acupressure touch and massage techniques as taught in a basic Touch For Health class were effective in reducing the symptoms of acute low back pain.


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