A dramatic improvement showed following acupressure for complex regional pain syndrome is reflected in these images below:

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Three-phase bone scan: Before (A) and after (B) acupressure

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Three-phase bone scan: Before (A) and after (B) acupressure

This is not an x-ray, it is a bone scan. A radioactive substance injected into one of blood vessels shows an increased circulation to the joints in the affected area. And following a course of acupressure the bone scan looks almost normal!

Acupuncture should be even more effective way to manage this, however, most of the patients with CRPS find that they can not tolerate the needles in the affected area.

The open boxes show the patient’s VAS scores over time for the 7 mo before therapy. The closed box shows the rapid and sustained improvement in the months following BMT treatment. The patient’s pill usage decreased as the pain resolved with BMT treatment.

The open boxes show the patient’s VAS scores over time for the 7 mo before therapy. The closed box shows the rapid and sustained improvement in the months following BMT treatment. The patient’s pill usage decreased as the pain resolved with BMT treatment.

There are a few good ways around this:

  • According to acupuncture principles of treatment, we can treat the corresponding areas on a healthy limb on the other side. There was also some recent research supporting this theory.
  • We can use acupuncture points on the same meridian, but not on the affected area, which may also be more effective than acupressure.
  • Laser acupuncture is touchless!

Source: Anesth. Analg. February 1, 2007 104:453