Acupressure in one of the traditional Chinese medicine methods to treat disorders and promote wellness. It is believed that acupressure points present on meridians or channels are responsible for the energy flow in the body, through which Qi (Chi) or life force flows. Acupressure therapy tries to restore any blockage in the flow of chi.
Acupressure is one of the traditional healing methods. It helps in reducing stress and pain. Moreover, a number of disorders such as neck pain, back pain, menstrual disorders, joint disorders such as osteoarthritis, migraine and muscle pain can be dealt with by acupressure. Acupressure is acupuncture without needles and uses pressure by hands, palms or fingers to massage and relive the pain.
A person trained in acupressure is referred as acupressurist. An acupressurist is also trained in acupuncture, reflexology, massage therapy and traditional Chinese medicine.
The consultation fee of an acupressurist generally varies between Rs. 250 and Rs. 1,200, depending on the expertise.
Osteoarthritis: This disorder generally affects the elderly and causes a fluctuating pain in the knees, hips, joints and lower back. Acupressure can be used as one of the treatment options as it relieves pain.
Sprain: An intense pain due to sprain can be alleviated by acupressure. The underlying pain due to a sprain lasts for several days or weeks and requires an effective management. Acupressure can help immensely here.
Headache: There are several causes behind a headache such as dental issues, stress, sinusitis and migraine. These issues respond well to an acupressure therapy if taken on a regular basis.
Rheumatoid pain: Acupressure therapy can be effectively used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Acupressure, particularly reflexology, is very helpful in balancing all the bodily systems, including the immune system. It is also beneficial in balancing the endocrine system, specially the adrenal glands. Moreover, the reflexology sessions detox the body and improve blood circulation, thus leading to better sleep and relaxation.
Chronic pain: Acupressure therapy is routinely employed for alleviating the pain caused due to an injury. For example, lower back pain can be effectively treated through regular acupressure sessions.