Most of the time when going to the doctor’s office they will prescribe a prescription drug to the patient to help manage their pain. This pain can be described as a “sensation of physical or mental suffering or hurt that usually causes distress or agony to the one experiencing it.” (Taylor, Lillis, LeMone, and Lynn, 2011) However, there are some instances where medication may not be enough for some patients; they may require more relief than what a prescription drug can offer. This is why many patients may benefit from complementary and alternative therapies (CAT). These types of interventions are “complementary therapies (they can be used with traditional medical interventions and thus complement them).” (Taylor et al., 2011)
The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management has an article, “The Analgesic Effects of Magnetic Acupressure in Cancer Patients Undergoing Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy: A Randomized, Blinded, Controlled Trial,” which is a great example of incorporating CAT for a patients benefit. The article focuses on cancer patient’s pain management at Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at John Hopkins. Patients there were receiving a bone marrow aspiration and biopsy (BMAB) and to determine whether or not acupressure was beneficial during their treatment.
A BMAB procedure is painful and involves a needle piercing skin to reach the bone to aspirate bone marrow. Most of the patient’s receiving the procedure under local anesthetic reported having moderate to severe pain. Patients were also reporting that their pain was not sufficiently managed just using local anesthetic. Researchers hoped by incorporating acupressure on acupoints on patients hands this would help manage their pain properly.
Acupressure is a technique used within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) “that involves applying pressure to acupoints with the hands, elbows, or special devices.” (Bao et al., 2011) The best part of this technique is that it involves no needles, which is great alternative for patients that are apprehensive about needles. Common devices are bulbs called “Haci Magnetic Acupressure Suction Cups.” (HMASC, 3DHealthStore, Burnaby, Canada, as cited in Bao et al., 2011) They consist of “a pressure bulb, cup neck, transparent plastic cup, and a magnetic tip.” (Bao et al., 2011) They are small, easy to use and were placed on a patient hand during the BMAB procedure.
In order to determine if patients would experience any relief during the procedure...