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American investigators have found that self-administered acupressure is superior to usual care for pain and physical function improvement in older people with knee osteoarthritis (KOA). One hundred and fifty older adults with symptomatic KOA were randomised to verum acupressure, sham acupressure or usual care. Verum and sham acupressure participants were taught to self-apply acupressure once daily, five days per week for eight weeks. Verum participants were taught to apply pressure using a hand-held device to nine acupoints (Yintang M-HN-3, Anmian N-HN-54, Shenmen HE-7, Sanyinjiao SP-6, and Taichong LIV-3). Sham participants were given the same instruction, but were taught to apply pressure to nine non-acupuncture points. Compared with usual care, both verum and sham participants experienced significant improvements in pain and function at eight weeks. There were no significant differences between verum and sham acupressure groups in any outcomes.

Self-Acupressure for Older Adults with Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2017 Apr 24. doi: 10.1002/acr.23262. [Epub ahead of print].


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