March 1, 2011

A new study brings hope of a simple, inexpensive treatment for mild traumatic brain injury: acupressure. While researchers discussed their results in terms of helping U.S. war veterans, the treatment could change the lives of non-military brain injury victims in Oregon and around the country.

Acupressure is probably best known as a way to relieve headaches (pressure applied between thumb and forefinger of one hand by the thumb and forefinger of the other hand). Acupressure, acupuncture and massage are just a few of the well-known “alternative” therapies that the health care industry alternately condemned and embraced for decades.

The type of acupressure used in the study, Jin Shin, focuses on 26 points on the human body, located along “meridians” that are associated with specific energy pathways. In Jin Shin, each point is linked to the health of a specific organ (heart, lungs, etc.) as well as the health of the body and the brain. Proponents believe that pressure applied to these points will clear blockages along the meridians, clearing the way for positive energy and health to flow through the body and mind.

In this study, the researchers randomly assigned the 38 subjects to one of two groups. The experimental group received “real” acupressure treatments to the 26 points, while the control group received treatments to points not among the 26. All treatments were provided by trained Jin Shin experts, and these experts were the only participants in the study who knew which subjects were in each of the groups.

In our next post, we’ll discuss the study’s findings.

Source: Medical News Today, “Study Shows Acupressure Effective In Helping To Treat Traumatic Brain Injury,” 03/02/11


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