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Ear Acupuncture for Back Pain During Pregnancy

Lower back and pelvic pain is common during pregnancy and can set the stage for chronic pain later in life. A simple technique - pressure needles held in place by tape at acupuncture points in their ears - worked to control back pain in women during a two week study in Connecticut. After the first week, 37 percent of women who received the treatment were pain free. Among all the women who received the acupuncture treatment, 81 percent reported a 30 percent or greater lessening of pain. In a control group that received sham acupuncture (needles that weren't placed at acupuncture points), only 59 percent reported a reduction in pain of 30 percent or more. While just 47 percent of women in another control group (no needles) reported a 30 percent reduction in pain. A total of 159 women in the 25th to 38th week of pregnancy participated in the study. A week after the study ended, 68 percent of the women who received the real acupuncture still reported a 30 percent or more reduction in pain. In the sham acupuncture group only 32 percent reported this level of lessened pain a week later as did only 18 percent of the control group. The study was published in the September 2009 American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Reader Comments (5)

As an acupuncturist working in Toronto, Canada, I can report that I have had success using auricular acupuncture for pain in pregnancy and in labour. Auricular acupuncture in labour is very helpful and does not get in the way of the woman's freedom to move around as she wishes. Since I specialize in treating pregnant women, I can also report on success in treating a variety of pregnancy related concerns with acupuncture including nausea and vomiting, heartburn, all sorts of aches and pains, skin problems, blood pressure issues and more. Acupuncture is a safe and effective option for pregnant women.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawn Aarons

Thanks for such a nice and wonderful post. Even I also face the same back pain problem in my pregnancy period but in those days I tried Yoga. Daily if we do 10 mins yoga then we can avoide back pain problem.

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Watson

Being a chiropractor I have experience first hand the power of acupuncture. Its great to see alternative medicine showing its effectiveness scientifically.

March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShane Mezger

Acupuncture, pelvic floor exercises, light chiropractic adjustments are all great therapies for reducing pain during pregnancy.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte Chiropractor

Thanks for useful information...! Acupuncture works well immediately, but wears off. You have to keep going for a long time and you do see long-term improvement. Very weird sensations and some benefit short-term immediate relief tress & pain from needles.
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October 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAcupuncture Treatment

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