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Beliefs Drive Acupuncture Success in Easing Back Pain

By    |   Thursday, 12 February 2015 03:40 PM

Back pain sufferers who expect acupuncture will help them tend to feel better than those who have low expectations of the technique, a new study shows.
 
The findings, by the University of Southampton, suggest what people believe about the effectiveness of a particular approach — positive or negative — is a critical factor in treating back pain.
 
"The analysis showed that psychological factors were consistently associated with back-related disability," explained Felicity Bishop, M.S., an arthritis researcher who launched the study to find out why some people with back pain gain more benefit from acupuncture than others.
 
"People who started out with very low expectations of acupuncture — who thought it probably would not help them — were more likely to report less benefit as treatment went on. [But] when individual patients came to see their back pain more positively they went on to experience less back-related disability.”
 
The study, which involved nearly 500 people, also showed people who expected acupuncture could ease their pain experienced less disability over the course of treatment, came to see their back pain as more controllable, and felt better able to cope with it.
 
Acupuncture is one of the most established forms of complementary therapy. Recommended in clinical guidelines, there is evidence from clinical trials to show that it can help to reduce pain.
 
The new study was funded by Arthritis Research U.K. and published in The Journal of Clinical Pain.

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