Learn About the History of Acupressure Treatment and Why It Works

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Acupressure treatment works by targeting pressure points in the body. Used in China for centuries, it continues to be a method used by many as an alternative approach to healing. Simply put, acupressure is acupuncture without the use of needles. With roots in traditional Chinese medicine, it continues to inspire and help countless amounts of people.

Why does acupressure treatment work?

Individual acupressure points are located all over the body. They lie along meridians or sections of the body. These are where a persons' energy is housed. The life force for these energies is known as Qi.  It is also believed that these particular meridians are also connected to the specific organs in the body. It is thought that if one of these meridians were off or blocked, illness would occur. Pressure is used to restore alignment.

What to expect with acupressure treatment

First, you will need to speak with us about the specific issues you are having. This can give us a better idea of what points need to be touched on. Feet, fingers, palms, elbows and special devices can be used to put pressure on the specific areas.

Next, patients lie on the comfortable massage table while the specialist goes over the acupressure points on the body. The entire process takes around an hour, and several sessions may be recommended.

The goal

The primary goal of the treatment is to restore health and balance within the body. The body's channels of energy are not working as they should, so balance is needed to be restored to regain health again. Some feel that this restores not only their body, but their mind and spirit.

Common acupuncture points

During acupressure treatments, there are common points that are touched on. With hundreds of locations around the body, some are used more than others. Individual spots are used to treat certain conditions or ailments, which is why the specialist will ask the patient about any symptoms, conditions or goals they have for the treatment. Three acupressure points, in particular, are used more than others:

  • Liver – In the middle of your big toe and next toe right on the top of your foot
  • Large intestine – The webbing between your thumb and pointer finger
  • Spleen – A bit above your inner ankle bone

Who can benefit from acupressure treatment

 Acupressure is often used as an alternative treatment and can help most people. Here are some symptoms, conditions, and ailments that the therapy is commonly used for.

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress-related symptoms

It is essential for those with cancer, heart disease or who are pregnant, to speak with their health care provider about having the treatment.

What's next?

It is essential to know the treatment options that are available to improve your health. Whether traditional methods are not working or an alternative approach is wanted, acupressure treatment provides the help needed. Many find that this is a rewarding, relaxing experience that they choose to use again and again. For those that have never used the treatment, it is one that is available from acupressure specialists in our office.

Request an appointment in our Orange office here: https://ommacupuncture.com.

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