The Analgesic Effect of Dry Needle Acupuncture Along With Rehabilitation Exercise on Low Back Pain


Yousef Jasemian


Traditional & Complementary Medicine Exhibition 2007 (TCME 2007), Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia




Acupuncture, back pain, analgesic effect


Acupuncture has been used as an adjunct therapy for the treatment of many disorders. It has been shown that once the needles are inserted into specific area of the body, endorphins are released in the patient’s system, inducing local or generalised analgesia. The aim of this study was to investigate the analgesic effect of dry needle acupuncture along with rehabilitation exercise on low back pain. In a prospective analytical study, 36 patients (28-70 y) with low back pain were treated by dry acupuncture needles, inserted bilaterally in GB34, B11, B23, B40, B60, B62, SI3, St36, LI4 and in GV20 in 14 sessions of 45 minutes duration plus exercise. Visual Analogue Scale, McGill pain and SF36 questionnaires were used before the first and after the last sessions. Paired t-test was used (significant level: p ≤0.05). The study showed a statistical significant (p < 0.001) reduction in pain intensity. McGill pain and SF36 questionnaires showed a remarkable improvement in pain and life qualities. Acupuncture by dry needle along with exercises during the course of the treatment showed a remarkable improvement in the patients’ health and quality of life. It is suggested that acupuncture has great advantage to be considered for pain reduction in patients with low back pain.