When you feel sick, are experiencing aches and pains, fatigue, or a number of other ailments, trying out different treatments until something finally works can be incredibly frustrating. Seeing a host of doctors can add up, and it can still leave you without any concrete answers. For that reason, many people turn to acupressure and acupuncture for helping ease their symptoms.
Acupressure can be a helpful method improving overall health with many people finding it very beneficial.
What is Acupressure?
Acupressure is an alternative method with techniques similar to acupuncture. While acupuncture uses needles inserted into the body, acupressure uses pressure applied typically by hands, elbows, or various devices. Acupressure points, or acupoints, may not be located on the same part of the body as the ailment attempting to be treated. For instance, the best acupressure points for nausea are on the wrists, nowhere near the stomach.
What is it Commonly Used For?
Acupressure can be used to help alleviate or lessen the impact of many different symptoms. In our experience our patients have found it effective for helping manage nausea and vomiting, lower back pain, tension headaches and migraines, allergies, stomachaches, and more.
How Does it Work?
The theory behind acupressure is that by stimulating acupoints, they promote circulation of blood, release of muscular tension, and enhanced body performance. Acupressure points are places on the skin that are sensitive to bioelectrical impulses on the body, and conduct those impulses readily. In other words, when pressure is applied to an acupressure point, it sets off a chain reaction that may help alleviate what the patient is trying to mitigate.
As a point is pressed, the muscle tension yields to the pressure, which helps enable the body to relax and blood to flow more freely. Increased circulation can also bring more oxygen and other nutrients to the affected areas, which can lead to a greater level of overall health.
What Are Some Common and Popular Acupressure Points?
Some of the most common acupressure points have to do with pain relief of pain caused by sinus problems, colds, or the flu. For instance, the point called the ???Joining Valley??? is a popular acupoint for headaches. It is located by first making a loose fist, then squeezing your thumb and index finger together. At the base of both fingers, under the index finger knuckle, a small mound will form???rub around that mound until you find the most sensitive area. This is the acupressure spot that is most commonly used for alleviating headache.
Another popular acupressure point is the ???Welcoming Perfume??? for relieving nasal congestion and sinus pressure, and is located on either cheek, just outside each nostril. Another point is called ???Drilling Bamboo,??? and is used for alleviating stuffy noses and sinus pressure. It is located in the indentations of the eye sockets where the bridge of the nose meets the ridge of the eyebrows.
There are many other acupressure points, but it???s often best to consult with a professional acupressure provider so that you know you are pressing in the right areas.
What to Do When or If It Doesn???t Work
Acupressure is often helpful for many people, but when it???s no longer doing enough, or you???re looking for more prominent results or relief, you may want to consider acupuncture. Acupuncture is a similar practice that aims to use certain points on the body to help promote health and wellness.
To learn more about acupuncture or to schedule a consultation for your ailments, contact City Acupuncture anytime. We???re committed to helping our patients feel their best at all times.