Japanese Acupuncture and Moxibustion (Online)
JAM  2018;Vol.14(1):8-14
Selection of healthcare services and satisfaction with acupuncture and moxibustion for musculoskeletal problems in Japan: sub-analysis data from the Nation-wide Cross-Sectional Survey Research.
ISHIZAKI Naoto1), FUKUDA Fumihiko2), YANO Tadashi3)
1) Course of Acupuncture and Moxiustion, Faculty of Health Sciences, Tsukuba University of Technology
2) Department of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Meiji University of Integrative Medicine
3) Meiji University of Integrative Medicine
Abstract
In a nation-wide survey on acupuncture and moxibustion which was conducted in March 2007 in Japan, selection of treatment modality including acupuncture and moxibustion by those who had musculoskeletal problems such as low back pain, shoulder stiffness or knee pain as well as satisfaction with the treatment was investigated. Overall utilization of acupuncture and/or moxibustion in the past 12 month was 4.6% of the respondents, while lifetime experience was 21.3%. The most frequently utilized treatment by the subjects with low back pain , shoulder stiffness and knee pain was medication or injection in hospital (172/450, 38.2%), amma/massage/shiatsu (119/259, 45.9%) and medication or injection in hospital (105/191, 55.0%), respectively. While utilization of acupuncture and/or moxibustion for low bakck pain, shoulder stiffness and knee pain was the fourth, third and fourth highest, satisfaction rate of the users with the treatment was the highest (low back pain[77/105, 73.3%] and knee pain[23/27, 85.1%]) or the second highest (shoulder stiffness[47/64, 73.4%]) among the treatment modalities used by the patients. It is suggested that healthcare providers could encourage patients to use acupuncture and moxibustion when they were not satisfied with conventional approach for musculoskeletal problems.