ACUPRESSURE THERAPY

Acupressure Therapist performing therapy on foot

What is Acupressure Therapy?

Acupressure is a Chinese Healing Therapy. Under this therapy, to stimulate the body’s healing capabilities, acupressure points are pressed by fingers.

Acupressure (Chinese -Tui na), is an alternative medicine technique often used in conjunction with acupuncture.

It is based on the concept of life energy which flows through “meridians” in the body. In treatment, physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points or ashi trigger points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. Pressure may be applied by hand, by the elbow, or with various devices.

Although some medical studies have suggested that acupressure may be effective at helping manage nausea and vomiting, low back pain, tension headaches, stomach ache, among other things, such studies have been found to have a high likelihood of bias.

There is no reliable evidence for the effectiveness of acupressure.

How Acupressure Therapy is Helpful?

  1. Maintains Good Health
  2. Good for Self-Healing
  3. Relieves from Stress Ailments & Releases Tension
  4. Boosts the Immune System
  5. Increases Blood Circulation
  6. Relieves from Chronic Pain & Reduces Muscular Tension
  7. Helps in Spiritual Development
  8. Helpful in Addiction Recovery
  9. Reinforces Sexual Reproductive System
  10. Detoxification of body for better Health & Beauty
  11. Methods of Acupressure

Generally, the primary concept and healing method in all the types of Acupressure is the same and that is by stimulating Acupressure Points.

Apart from triggering the acupressure points by fingers, also Hands, Arms, Feet & Legs are used, as per the necessity of pressure.

How does Healing Energy work? | Acupressure Therapy

Acupressure Points behaves as Channel Healing Energy because these points have High Electrical Conductivity.

Acupressure Points are the signs where Energy is blocked on Meridians, and the Numbness, Tension, or Pain can be released by pressing these points, resulting in corresponding all the functions of the Body & manage Blood Circulation.

Acupressure Therapy traces right from the root of any Health Issues & about the Energy Blockages in Body like:

  1. Injury
  2. Stress
  3. Trauma

How does Acupressure work? | Acupressure Therapy

The flow of Energy is overall based on the Thoughts, either it may be Negative Thought or Positive Thought.

  1. If your thoughts are Negative, the Flow of Energy will be blocked.
  2. If your thoughts are Positive, it results in the enhancement of Healing Energy.

Imbalances of Emotional & Physical Symptoms | Acupressure Therapy

The Symptoms of Imbalances of Emotional & Physical are observed when the Energy of Life Force is blocked and the blockages are at Acupressure Points.

Acupressure Therapy is also Utilized for:

  1. Pain Management
  2. Martial Arts
  3. Addictions
  4. Beauty Treatments

Effectiveness of Acupressure Therapy

A 2011 systematic review of acupressure’s effectiveness at treating symptoms found that 35 out of 43 randomized controlled trials had concluded that acupressure was effective at treating certain symptoms; however, the nature of these 43 studies “indicated a significant likelihood of bias.”

The authors of this systematic review concluded that this “review of clinical trials from the past decade did not provide rigorous support for the efficacy of acupressure for symptom management. Well-designed, randomized controlled studies are needed to determine the utility and efficacy of acupressure to manage a variety of symptoms in a number of patient populations.”

A 2011 Cochrane review of four trials using acupuncture and nine studies using acupressure to control pain in childbirth concluded that “acupuncture or acupressure may help relieve pain during labor, but more research is needed”.

Another Cochrane Collaboration review found that massage provided some long-term benefit for low back pain, and stated: “It seems that acupressure or pressure point massage techniques provide more relief than classic (Swedish) massage, although more research is needed to confirm this.”

An acupressure wristband that is claimed to relieve the symptoms of motion sickness and other forms of nausea provides pressure to the P6 acupuncture point, a point that has been extensively investigated.

The Cochrane Collaboration reviewed the use of P6 for nausea and vomiting, and found it to be effective for reducing post-operative nausea, but not vomiting. The Cochrane review included various means of stimulating P6, including acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, transcutaneous nerve stimulation, laser stimulation, acustimulation device, and acupressure; it did not comment on whether one or more forms of stimulation were more effective; it found low-quality evidence supporting stimulation of P6 compared with sham, with 2 out of 59 trials having a low risk of bias.

EBM reviewer Bandolier said that P6 in two studies showed 52% of patients with control having a success, compared with 75% with P6.

Quackwatch includes acupressure in a list of methods that have no “rational place” as massage therapy and states that practitioners “may also use irrational diagnostic methods to reach diagnoses that do not correspond to scientific concepts of health and disease.”

Clinical use of acupressure frequently relies on the conceptual framework of traditional Chinese medicine. There is no physically verifiable anatomical or histological basis for the existence of acupuncture points or meridians.

Proponents reply that TCM is a prescientific system that continues to have practical relevance. Acupuncturists tend to perceive TCM concepts in functional rather than structural terms (e.g., as being useful in guiding evaluation and care of patients).

Trials using placebo have not demonstrated any statistically significant effect but concluded that acupressure is safe to use along with conventional treatment.

Instruments of Acupressure Therapy

  1. There are several different instruments for applying nonspecific pressure by rubbing, rolling, or applying pressure on the reflex zones of the body.
  2. The acuball is a small ball made of rubber with protuberances that is heatable. It is used to apply pressure and relieve muscle and joint pain.
  3. The energy roller is a small cylinder with protuberances. It is held between the hands and rolled back and forth to apply acupressure.
  4. The foot roller (also “krupa chakra”) is a round, cylindrical roller with protuberances. It is placed on the floor and the foot is rolled back and forth over it.
  5. The power mat (also pyramid mat) is a mat with small pyramid-shaped bumps that you walk on. The spine roller is a bumpy roller containing magnets that are rolled up and down the spine.

The Teishein is one of the original nine classical acupuncture needles described in the original texts of acupuncture.

Even though it is described as an acupuncture needle it did not pierce the skin. It is used to apply rapid percussion pressure to the points being treated.

Source: Wikipedia

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