Abstract Title:

Acupuncture treatment: multidimensional assessment of low back pain in pregnant women.

Abstract Source:

Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2018 Jun 11 ;52:e03323. Epub 2018 Jun 11. PMID: 29898168

Abstract Author(s):

Eveliny Silva Martins, Tainan Maria Cruz Lopes Tavares, Paula Renata Amorim Lessa, Priscila de Souza Aquino, Régia Christina Moura Barbosa Castro, Ana Karina Bezerra Pinheiro

Article Affiliation:

Eveliny Silva Martins


OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of acupuncture in the treatment of low back pain in pregnant women in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy.

METHOD: A quasi-experimental pre-post design was applied to pregnant women at a gestational age between 14 and 37 weeks, who had complaints of low back pain. Acupuncture sessions were performed, working systemic and auricular points. The McGill questionnaire was used to assess pain, as well as the instrument for identifying the sociodemographic, clinical and obstetric profile.

RESULTS: The acupuncture technique performed in up to six sessions in 56 pregnant women with low back pain had positive effects on the participants' health. According to the pain assessment, there was a statistically significant reduction in the low back pain among the pregnant women as early as in the second session, with a gradual improvement with the advancement of the number of sessions. There were no serious adverse events related to acupuncture.

CONCLUSION: Acupuncture offered significant effects for reducing or relieving pain in pregnant women. The participants expressed satisfaction and well-being as they left each session.

Study Type : Human Study

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