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Three minutes of acupressure is effective in decreasing pain intensity due to acute musculoskeletal injury, report researchers from New Zealand. Seventy-nine athletes who sustained a sports-related musculoskeletal injury received three minutes of acupressure, sham acupressure or no acupressure. The acupressure group reported 11 mm less pain on average than the sham acupressure group, and 9 mm less than the control group as a result of the intervention.

Does Acupressure Hit the Mark? A Three-Arm Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial of Acupressure for Pain and Anxiety Relief in Athletes With Acute Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries. Clin J Sport Med. 2017 Jul;27(4):338-343.


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