The struggle for acceptance of acupuncture in the U.S. by insurance companies, incl. Workers Comp, and even by MDs/HMOs, has been largely successful, at least to an extent.
Not so with acupressure. Not only because the range of modalities that can be considered acupressure is broad, including Tui Na, Shiatsu, Jin Shin Jyutsu, and many others. But mainly for the lack of studies deemed scientific by the medical establishment.
We know the benefits, say, for back pain, of using UB 40 in conjunction with the painful area, draining the pain thru UB 40, down to and thru UB 60 and UB 67. Of Sp 9 combined with Sp 13. Of the Qiao Mai. But how do we get past the gatekeepers of bureaucracy?
So far I have unearthed only one study of the benefits of acupressure - in comparison with physical therapy - conducted in Taiwan:
Does anyone on this lovely forum know of other studies?