Acupressure has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its effectiveness in the treatment of illness and pain. It can correct functional imbalances and restore the flow thus returning the body to a more natural state of well-being. Many doctors believe that acupressure has positive and healing effects on the body. UCLA Center for East-West Medicine has studied the scientific basis of acupressure. Researchers try to provide explanations and practical applications of the techniques. The researches indicate that self-acupressure treatment helps with patient recovery and also it is cost effective. A systematic review published in American Society for Pain Management Nursing concludes that acupressure has been shown to be effective for relieving a variety of pains in different populations. The review begins to establish a credible evidence base for the use of acupressure in pain relief. The implication for health care providers would be incorporating acupressure into their practice as an alternative therapy to facilitate patients who suffer from pain.
Acupressure applies the same principles as acupuncture. It is sometimes referred to as the needleless acupuncture because both forms of healing use the same points to achieve the desired results. Acupressure treatment is firm, controlled and timed pressure applied by thumb, fingers, or elbow, on specific pain-causing sore spots of the muscles. No drugs or other medicines are used. Sore spots are actually a pattern of small knots, which constrict the flow of blood and oxygen, causing a painful muscle spasm. Acupressure is an effective form of stimulation used to help relax the muscles. If done regularly, it can sustain improvement and minimize recurrence of symptoms.
You don’t need to be a TCM practitioner in order to get some good results from acupressure. A helpful guidance can make it easier to more accurately find the acupressure points, and your results will be better. In most situations, acupressure works well for most people. It is a very portable treatment. It is often the technique of choice when doing treatments at home or in workplace. You can learn it with eBook and acupressure chart at home.
Uses of Acupressure
How to choose an Acupressure Therapist?
If you do need to find an acupressure therapist for your medical condition, there is no license for acupressure therapist in many countries. It is often considered as massage. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, tuina is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy. It helps the flow of healing energy by holding and pressing the body at acupressure points. For acupressure treatment, you can choose a TCM practitioner with good tuina skills. Tuina is a required course in acupuncture degree program. All acupuncture degree holders have received tuina training in university. (Learn more about acupuncture)