What is Acupressure?

Acupressure, a word blending acupuncture and pressure together, represents a Chinese medical technique derived from acupuncture. Acupressure is also called acupuncture without the needles. It is the non-invasive form of acupuncture.

When practicing acupressure, instead of stimulating the acupoints by needles, practitioners apply manual pressure onto acupoints to regulate flow of energy inside the body.

Acupressure is practiced as a treatment by Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists, as well as by massage therapists. Most massage schools in American include acupressure techniques as part of their bodywork programs.

Acupressure can be used very effectively both as prevention and as a treatment for many health conditions, including pains, tension, and many physical problems.

Theory of Acupressure

Chinese medicine views the body as a small part of the universe, subject to laws and principles of harmony and balance. And it is also believed that Qi/energy flows through the body via 14 primary meridians. If the flow of energy along meridians is in a state of imbalance, such as blockage, weakness, or overreacting, it’s thought to be the cause of ailments and lead to disease anywhere along the meridian.

Practitioners stimulate specific points/acupoints along the meridians to regulate the flow of energy and get the energetic balance back in the meridians. Chinese medicine experts believe that the stimulating the acupoints by pressing will arouse internal regulatory system of the body nurturing a natural healing response.

How to Apply Acupressure Treatment?

Before applying acupressure treatment, Chinese medicine practitioners examine the patient very thoroughly, including looking at physical, mental and emotional activity, taking palpitation, examining the tongue, to get a complete diagnosis of which organs and meridians are out of balance.

When the imbalance is located, practitioners will select acupoints according to the diagnosis for acupuncture or acupressure.

If acupressure is recommended, the patient might opt for a series of treatments from our licensed acupuncturist.

Key Words Mentioned Above

Acupoint- A pressure point stimulated in acupressure.

Qi- Basic life energy.

Meridian- A channel through which Qi/energy travels in the body.

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