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Date of Award


Degree Type

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Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

Laurie Lundy-Ekman

Second Advisor

Daiva Banaitis


The purpose of this study is to assess the effects of acupressure on lumbar spine mobility. Fifty subjects, who were categorized as either young, (18 to 25) or old, (51 to 79), were measured for lumbar extension flexion, and right and left lateral flexion using a modified Schober method and a tape measure technique. Pre- and post-treatment measures were recorded on both a treatment and control group. The differences in range of motion between the two measurements were analyzed for differences between treatment groups, the age groups, and comparing subjects reporting Recurring Low Back Pain (RLBP) to those who did not report RLBP. The results show that acupressure increases lumbar spine mobility of both young and old subjects. (p<0.01)


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