How To Use Acupressure To Relieve Your Pain

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By Zoe Freeman

What Is Acupressure?

The technique of acupressure originated in ancient Chinese medicine and has been used for thousands of years as a method of providing relief from pain and illness.

Like its sister practice, acupuncture, acupressure stimulates the body’s natural ability to mend itself by the application of pressure to key meridian points in the body.

Here is a list of all the potential benefits acupressure has been known to offer:

  • Clears blockages causing pain or disease
  • Alleviates pain and symptoms of illness
  • Relieves headaches
  • Reduces motion sickness and nausea
  • Manages vomiting
  • Helps restore balance to body systems
  • Stimulates endorphin release
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Improves energy levels
  • Helps release muscle tension
  • Improves circulation
  • Treats high/low blood pressure
  • Boosts immunity

How Acupressure Works

Eastern medical theory describes a network of interconnected pressure points all over the body and each point correlates with a particular organ, system, or body part. First, you will have to pinpoint the source of pain or discomfort in your body. Next, simply apply steady pressure to the appropriate meridian point. Did I forget to mention the best part? Acupressure is simple and easy to do by yourself at home!

Here is an easy method to follow:

1. Press and hold/massage pressure point for 5-10 seconds.

2. Release for 3-5 seconds.

3. Repeat process for several minutes or until pain begins to subside.

Don’t forget to breathe deeply as you go along to provide your body with extra oxygen and aid in relaxation!

Picking Your Pressure Points

Hand reflexology is one of the easiest ways to practice acupressure on yourself at home. Your hands, wrists and fingers are full of meridian points that match up to every part of the body from your head to your toes, like a full body map literally held in the palm of your hand. These points are accessible and make it easy for you to apply correct pressure.

Here is a basic chart for you to reference as you get started:

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Important Note: Some pressure points can correlate to general health conditions. For example, if you have a problem with blood pressure, you can try pressing the topmost line of your left middle finger. Press the left side to alleviate high blood pressure and the right side for low blood pressure.

Reap The Benefits

Acupressure is an amazing modality of natural healing that anyone can use for themselves. It is quick and simple to use, so get going and get ready to start feeling how the effects improve your life for the better. You’ll be glad you did and your body will thank you!

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Zoe Freeman

Zoe Freeman

Zoe Freeman is a new and optimistic face in the world of nutrition and wellness. She has seen the benefits of healthy living transform and even save the lives of some of her closest friends and loved ones and she is eager to be a part of the movement herself. She believes that awareness and action together are the keys to long-term, sustainable success, whether that means improving your diet or changing the world. It all begins with the proper mindset and the will to take the first step.
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