Abstract Title:

Collateral meridian acupressure therapy effectively relieves postregional anesthesia/analgesia backache.

Abstract Source:

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2007 Aug;13(3):174-83. Epub 2007 Apr 23. PMID: 19864998

Abstract Author(s):

Chun-Chang Yeh, Ching-Tang Wu, Billy K Huh, Sabina M Lee, Chih-Shung Wong

Article Affiliation:

Department of Anesthesiology, Tri-Service General Hospital and National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China.


Epidural and spinal aesthesia may cause backache. In fact, the overall incidence of postneuraxial block backache is 9% to 50% and the incidence of back pain on the third postoperative day ranges from 5.91% to 22% after spinal anesthesia. Five patients suffering from postneuraxial block backache after regional anesthesia or analgesia are reported. Despite administering conventional treatment modalities including bed rest, cold/warm packing, physical therapy, and medications with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), strong analgesics, and opioids, the backache persisted and disturbed the patients' daily life. Surprisingly, utilization of a new acupressure technique, collateral meridian acupressure therapy (CMAT), relieved the backache dramatically.

Study Type : Human Study

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