Acupressure intervention is an effective treatment for chronic neck pain. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Effects of Acupressure on Pain, Flexibility, and Substance P in Middle-Age Women with Chronic Neck Pain.
J Altern Complement Med. 2020 Dec 8. Epub 2020 Dec 8. PMID: 33296258
Acupressure is known to be effective for some types of chronic pain. However, the effect of acupressure on chronic neck pain has not been investigated. Accordingly, the authors aimed to evaluate effects of the 4-week acupressure treatment on pain, neck function, and substance P in women with chronic neck pain.The acupressure treatment was performed two times a week for 4 weeks in an acupressure group ( = 24), meanwhile a control group ( = 26) was untreated. Before and after intervention, pain intensity and physical disability were measured by visual analogue scale (VAS) and neck disability index (NDI), respectively. In addition, cervical range of motion (CROM) and serum substance P were evaluated.Results of two-way analysis of variance with repeated measures revealed that time × group interactions were significant in all outcomes (all < 0.001) except substance P. These results indicate that after 4 weeks, VAS and NDI significantly decreased in the acupressure group compared with those changes in the control group. The CROM values for six cervical movements significantly increased in the acupressure group compared with those changes in the control group. Serum substance P did not change significantly in both groups. However, when the pre- and postintervention data from all subjects were pooled, substance P was significantly correlated with VAS ( = 20; < 0.05; = 100).The 4-week acupressure intervention showed significant reduction in pain and improvement in neck disability and flexibility, suggesting that acupressure intervention is an effective treatment for chronic neck pain. This study was registered with the Korean Clinical Trial Registry and WHO Clinical Trial Registry (KCT0005363).