Acupressure therapy is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through a person’s skin at specific points on the body, to various depths.
An Acupressurerist will pressure instead of insert needles into a person’s body with the aim of balancing their energy.
This, it is claimed, can help boost well being and may cure some illnesses.
Conditions it is used for include different kinds of pain, such as headaches, blood pressure problems, and whooping cough, among others.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of “yin” and “yang” of the life force known as “qi,” pronounced “chi.” Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces.
Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These energy flows are accessible through 350 acupressure points in the body.
Pressuring into these points with appropriate combinations is said to bring the energy flow back into proper balance.
There is no scientific proof that the meridians or acupressure points exist, and it is hard to prove that they either do or do not, but numerous studies suggest that acupressure works for some conditions.
Acupressure points are seen as places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation increases blood flow, while at the same time triggering the activity of the body’s natural painkillers.
The benefits of acupressure:
- low back pain
- neck pain
- knee pain
- headache and migraine