Summary: Acupressure often comes with skepticism from those that have never tried it before. This article will delve into how this ancient therapeutic art form can relieve pain and mitigate the symptoms from a physical injury.
Acupressure is often considered acupuncture without the needles. Rather, acupressure incorporates the application of manual pressure to certain areas of the body to help heal and soothe.
There is no consensus on how acupressure might work and. Some claim that the pressure can help ease pain in localized areas through the release of endorphins while others believe that acupressure can influence the autonomic nervous system.
While there may be a lack of studies surrounding acupressure and its effectiveness, there is some evidence that suggests that it can help relieve physical pain. Moreover, acupressure may help ease nausea and vomiting as well. Many people look to acupressure when dealing with symptoms such as: headaches, cramps, motion sickness, nausea, and stress management. With Asian massage establishments opening up all over the city, it might not be too difficult to find a place that can perform acupressure if you’re suffering from one of the aforementioned symptoms.
Acupressure can be administered by an acupuncturist with the person sitting or lying down on the table. Or, a person can self-administer acupressure, although it may be best to consult with a professional acupuncturist or massage establishment for example to learn how to do it the right way. Acupressure is often done by using the thumb, finger, or knuckle to apply firm but gently pressure on a point. This pressure is generally held for a minute then gradually decreases for roughly 30 seconds. It can be repeated three to five times.