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6.6: Alternative therapy

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  • A number of studies have shown acupuncture to be a useful adjunct to therapy. A study performed in the late 1980’s reported a 77% reduction in urgency and frequency in 77% of their patients versus only 20% in placebo. These findings have been confirmed by Bergstrom et al who also demonstrated reduced incontinence episodes. The most interesting data have emerged from a trial where women were randomised to acupuncture in bladder specific points versus relaxation point acupuncture. They demonstrated significant improvements in quality of life and frequency episodes in the group receiving bladder specific acupuncture. Acupuncture is readily available, is inexpensive and can be performed by many physiotherapists- and hence should be kept in mind for those women who do not want medication.