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


Journal Article

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.

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Cited Authors

  • Yeh, C-C; Wu, C-T; Huh, BK; Lee, SM; Wong, C-S

Published Date

  • November 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 102 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1179 - 1182

PubMed ID

  • 19864998

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19864998

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-8243

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/SMJ.0b013e3181b48351


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States