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Acupressure

Acupressure is holistic health therapy that applies pressure to various points along the body.

Acupressure is a traditional technique of Chinese origin, acupressure is used to treat various types of diseases. Acupressure therapy is widely used in Asian countries like Japan, China, Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal, India and others.

Acupressure has been practiced for several centuries and has proven its benefits and is based on the concept of life force and energy. It is the science and art that restore the balance of natural energy, and is often included in massage therapy trainings.

How it Works

During an acupressure session by a trained practitioner, they will press specific points on the body with the help of special devices, elbows, palms, knuckles, fingers, hands, and even feet. The pressure is usually held for several seconds to several minutes and may be applied in pushing or circular movements, or a combination.

It can be done every other day or several times a day depending on the condition of a patient. The aim of this procedure is to improve the circulation of energy in the body — at the same time alleviating pain. During a procedure the person should be relaxed and happy.

Benefits

Acupressure therapy has proven to have many benefits as it is used to alleviate a variety of conditions and disorders. It helps in coping with stress, get a physical relief, and avoid arthritic spasms and muscular distress.

Practitioners in Asian countries use it to control pain, especially in cases when patients suffer from a slipped disc, disorders of bones, muscles or tissue, osteoarthritis, pain in the neck and arms, and backaches. Acupressure is widely used to relieve pain caused by athletics and sports.

Recent studies have shown it is very useful when treating people with neurological disorders as it eases stressed and stiff limbs among partially disables patients. Also, recent studies have shown that acupressure therapy may bring temporary relief of headache pain and nausea. It is explained by the fact that applying pressure to specific points may cause the release of a greater number of endorphins in the brain which act as natural painkillers.

One of the most positive sides of this therapy is that it may be used to treat different age and gender groups. It may be used to treat children if they suffer from stress, constipation, bed wetting, sleeplessness, and congestion of the chest caused by cold.

Precautions

In order to avoid unexpected or negative results, the practitioner should not press any area in a forceful and abrupt way. Abdominal points should also be applied very carefully, and especially if you are ill, suffer from tuberculosis, leukemia, intestinal cancer, or have cardiac conditions.

Be especially careful during pregnancy. Pregnant women should be especially careful with the most points on the legs and between the index finger and the thumb.

Acupressure points that are situated near or on the person’s eye need to be treated only with a finger or thumb when the eyes are closed. As the area of the throat, outer breast and groin are very sensitive, they can be touched only very gently or not pressed at all.

It is forbidden to press on infected areas, serious burns, ulcerous conditions, recently formed scars a month after an operation or injury. If your body has a wound or bruises, the practitioner should work around them using only gentle pressure. Acupressure must be avoided on the areas of the skin which are inflamed, sprained or broken.

Drug and alcohol addicted people should not be treated with acupressure.

There are cases when acupressure elicits a sexual response. It means that the treatment is performed incorrectly and is considered to be not therapeutic.

Summary

When acupressure points are stimulated, they release muscular tension, promote blood circulation, and assists in activating a body's innate healing ability. The goal of an acupressure treatment is a state of balance and wellness of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual states.

References

The Official Website for Acupressure acupressure.com/articles/acupressure_precautions_guidelines.htm

How acupuncture works compassionateacupuncture.com/How%20Acupuncture%20Works.htm

Precautions in acupressure
livestrong.com/news-articles/113338-precautions-acupressure/

Acupressure: a safe alternative therapy spineuniverse.com/treatment/alternative/acupressure-safe-alternative-therapy