Acupressure: Facts & Fast Pain Relief at Home
Acupressure originated in China thousands of years ago, and evidence suggests that it may have even been practiced in the stone age.
• Acupressure has been used to reduce post-operative nausea and vomiting in children.
• Acupressure also reduces nausea in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.
• Acupressure can be done anywhere without special equipment.
• You can treat yourself safely with acupressure, but it is recommended that you consult with a professional for proper technique and guidelines.
• Correctly performed, acupressure increases circulation, reduces tension and pain and enables the body to relax.
• Acupressure strengthens the immune system and promotes wellness.
• Acupressure should be applied slowly and gently.
• Special care and caution is needed in the case of a pregnant woman or in treating a person with burns, infections and recent injuries.
• Acupressure can be as or more effective than physical therapy for patients with low back pain.
• Ear acupressure can be used to reduce stress and anxiety.
• Acupressure is used to reduce fear and anxiety in trauma victims and in preoperative care.
Acupressure can be used to treat the following conditions:
• Tension Headaches
• Migraine Headaches
• Jaw Pain, Toothache, Earache
• Neck and Shoulder Pain
• Wrist, Hand, Arm pain
• Backache, Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot pain
• Colds, Flu, Sore throat, Sinus Infection, Loss of Voice
• Anxiety Attacks and Nervousness
• Improve Memory and Concentration
• Angina, Heart Palpitations and High Blood Pressure
• Constipation, Diarrhea, Heartburn and Stomachache
• PMS and Painful Periods, Hot Flashes, Pregnancy Discomfort, Morning Sickness
• Bed-wetting, Incontinence, Urinary retention
• Nose bleeding, Itching, Asthma, Decreased Libido, Hangover
• And more
Here are a couple acupressure techniques you can try at home:
For headaches and muscle or joint pain, press the fleshy part of your hand between your thumb and index finger. Hold for this for one minute, then repeat on the other hand.
For low-back pain, lie on your back with your feet elevated on a sofa or chair. Place two tennis balls under your lower back on either side of your spine. Stay in this position for one minute, or less if it becomes uncomfortable.
For knee pain, put a tennis ball on a pillow, then place your leg over it so the ball is pushing into the crease behind your knee. Find the sensitive spot just below your kneecap and slightly to the outside of the shinbone. Press into it gently with your fingertips for about one minute.
You can learn to do acupressure at home to supplement professional acupuncture treatments. This is especially useful when you are stricken with illness or pain and you are unable get to your acupuncturist for immediate relief.