How To Relieve Pain With Acupressure
By manipulating specific pressure points you could ease a headache, fall asleep easily and relax your stiff shoulders. Our expert tells you how.
Acupressure originated in China around 100 B.C and is a variant of acupuncture. It is an ancient form of treatment under Traditional Chinese Medicine. It works on the principle that energy (Qi) flows through our body and discomfort arises when this flow is interrupted. Acupressure works by restoring the imbalances in the pathways of Qi, also known as ‘meridians’.
Unlike acupuncture, acupressure doesn’t involve the use of needles to stimulate pressure points. In some cases, both of these methods are used in conjunction but either of them are capable of treating issues like anxiety, allergies, arthritis, depression, migraines, nausea, and many more. Today, acupressure is a popular alternative therapy too. “Acupressure has been found to be effective in improving digestion, promoting metabolism and relieving stress,” says Dr Vinay Aindala, physiotherapist, UR Life Studio, Hyderabad.
How effective is acupressure
A study conducted by the University of Michigan found that acupressure proved effective in treating back pain; 67 participants suffering from severe back pain were divided into three groups and treated with relaxing acupressure, stimulating acupressure and other treatment suggested by doctors. After six weeks of observation, participants who underwent acupressure treatment for 30 minutes per day reported a 36% average reduction in pain.
In another study, conducted by the US National Institute of Health, it was found that acupressure was effective in reducing nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Pressure points for common ailments
Look at your palm, the pressure point is located at the crease on your outer wrist. Gently apply pressure on the hollow area at the crease of your wrist and massage it in a circular movement. Do this for 2-3 minutes. That’s how acupressure massage therapy will give you a peaceful sleep
Pressure points to relieve shoulder pain, gently massage the region between your thumb and index finger. Hold it firmly for 5 seconds till you experience slight pain and release. Repeat 3 times. That’s how acupressure massage therapy will release you from shoulder pain.
Lower Back Pain
Pressure points for lower back pain, stand up and grip your waist with both your hands and position your thumbs around your back. Now slowly massage the areas on your back in a circular motion with firm pressure for 5 seconds. Do this another 3 times.
You can also apply pressure to the centre of your calf muscles to ease back pain. Repeat this twice.
High Blood Pressure
Apply pressure on the point between your big toe and second toe for 1 minute to manage blood pressure. This pressure point can also be helpful in treating menstrual pain and anxiety.