Acupressure (An ancient healing art )
Acupressure is a safe and gentle alternative therapy used to relieve symptoms from many common disorders. This therapy does not involve the use of any invasive techniques.
A skilled practitioner simply uses their thumbs and fingers (sometimes the elbow) to exert pressure to specific body points. The pressure administered is often held for several seconds to minutes. Pressure may be applied in circular movements, pushing the acupoint in and out, or a combination. Although the points manipulated may be sensitive, acupressure should not be painful. Depending upon the condition, treatment may be given every other day or a few times daily.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) views the entire body in terms of qi, its energy. When qi is flowing smoothly throughout the body, good health is enjoyed. However, if this flow of energy is blocked (ie, from trauma), acupressure can release qi to work toward restoring the body’s balance.
Qi flows through channels located near the surface of the body. Another name for channels is meridians, or meridian points.
At least 14 meridians are thought to connect our organs with other parts of the body. Acupressure points lie along those meridians.
If the flow of energy (also called “chi” or “qi”) is blocked at any point on a meridian, it’s thought to cause various symptoms and health conditions anywhere along the meridian.
When precise pressure is exerted onto an acupoint, the gate is opened and qi flows through. How Acupressure works. Some theorize that the pressure may Promote the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body, called endorphins. Another theory is that the pressure may somehow influence the autonomic nervous system.
People try acupressure to manage symptoms of a condition, such as:
- Cancer-related fatigue and other forms of fatigue
- Menstrual cramps
- Motion sickness
- Muscle tension and pain3
- Nausea or vomiting after surgery or chemotherapy
- Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and morning sickness
- Stress management
Although acupressure is not age-restrictive, people with high blood pressure and pregnant women should refrain from acupressure therapy
Often back and joint pain is simply caused by poor posture. The neck is especially susceptible due to head and neck range of motion. Trauma can lead to soft tissue damage. Certain acupoints between the cervical spine (neck) and the top of the shoulder when treated with acupressure relieve pain.
When the flow of blood is enhanced, toxins are flushed away, and oxygen and healing nutrients are provided
There are benefits of Acupressure for the skin and hair
Acupressure helps the body to function better, which in turn improves skin and hair. “The stresses of everyday life reduce blood circulation to the hair follicles and the scalp. Acupressure stimulates the blood circulation and helps to bring oxygen and fresh blood to the hair and the scalp, thereby promoting hair growth.
Working on the pressure points, it also benefits your skin by improving your metabolism and relaxing your muscles.