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Findings from a small exploratory study carried out in the UK suggest a trend of increased benefits for clinical outcomes after ten sessions of adjunctive acupuncture for chronic low back pain. Forty-five participants with chronic low back pain were recruited and randomly allocated to receive usual care plus four, seven or ten sessions of acupuncture. A standardised set of acupoints was used (bilateral Shenshu BL-23, bilateral Dachangshu BL-25, low back ahshi points, Fenglong BL-40 and Taixi KID-3) with the possible addition of up to four extra points for pain in the buttock or leg. Outcomes including back function, pain bothersomeness and disability favoured the 10-session acupuncture group after 12 weeks. Over 90% of participants indicated that they were ‘very satisfied’ and/or ‘extremely satisfied’ with the acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture for chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled feasibility trial comparing treatment session numbers. Clin Rehabil. 2017 Apr 1:269215517705690. doi: 10.1177/0269215517705690. [Epub ahead of print].

 

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