You have likely heard of acupuncture, but what about acupressure?
In Asia, acupressure has been used for thousands of years. It uses a similar concept to acupuncture, minus the needles.
Acupressure uses finger pressure to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities. But, how does it work?
Again, the theory behind it is very similar to acupuncture.
Throughout the body, there are certain acupressure or acupuncture points. It is thought that these points channel our vital energy. In other words, these points connect to certain organs, systems, or networks throughout the body. The general idea is that by applying pressure to these points balance is restored.
In the scientific community, the positive effects of this practice are attributed to decreased muscle tightness, increased blood flow, and the release of endorphins. Endorphins are our body’s natural pain killers. The pressure applied by the hands and fingers stimulates their release, reducing feelings of pain and discomfort.
What conditions does acupressure treat?
There are a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions that can be improved by acupressure techniques. Acupressure can improve symptoms, including:
For example, in arthritic conditions, acupressure can reduce pain and decrease inflammation. In turn, this leads to increased range of motion and an improved quality of life. It has also been known to reduce nausea associated with cancer treatment, decrease chronic back pain, and improve mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety.
For more information on acupressure techniques, check out iBody Academy’s in-class Acupressure Course. Start incorporating acupressure into your practice and help your patients gain back their life, free of pain.