Acupressure works like acupuncture but without the needles.It uses the same system of oriental medicine as its foundational theory. The points that are needled in acupuncture are used but blocks are removed by pressure applied by the practitioner using fingers, palms of the hand and sometimes elbows depending on location.
Clothes are left on during the treatment, which usually lasts about 50 minutes.
Acupressure treats many conditions but is significantly effective at treating muscular and skeletal pain in the body. It is very useful where movement is impaired such as in the case of a stiff neck, frozen shoulder or tennis elbow. Lower back pain responds well to acupressure because the pressure points on either side of the back, when freed release tension in the surrounding tissue, allowing blood to flow freely back into the are. This removes congestion and stagnation and this part of the body is able to return to normal functioning. Other techniques are often used alongside pressure and these include facilitated stretching, tension releasing exercises, rocking and balance and hold techniques. These are similar to techniques used by many physiotherapists and some osteopaths.
The theory behind acupressure is that energy creates structure. This is now confirmed by modern science in the disciplines of chemistry, physics, biochemistry and now in biology as well. Acupressure is a form of energy medicine. The meridians that it works on have been mapped out for thousands of years and were extensively researched and confirmed by Russian scientists. When the energy or Qi (pronounced Chi) flows freely in the body, it facilitates the free flow of other elements in the body including blood, lymph, nerve impulses and hormones.
Pressure points that are adjusted and balanced on the body have many therapeutic applications such as
- Increased range of movement
- Improved digestion
- Balanced emotions
- Reduced anxiety and stress
- Pain reduction
- The ability to see the situation differently
- Smoother menses