What Is Acupressure?
The ancient Chinese technique of acupressure can relieve pain by stimulating the meridian points in your body. Acupressure utilizes pressure from fingers and hands.
To traditionalists, acupressure may sound unusual. But the ancient Chinese technique of acupressure can relieve pain by stimulating the meridian points in your body. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, except no needles are used. Acupressure utilizes pressure from fingers and hands.
Acupressure stimulates the meridian points to reduce muscle tension and pain. Activating pressure points encourages the brain to release natural pain killers called endorphins. Endorphins go directly to the places you need pain to be released and help you lose your tension. To properly lose the tension, put your thumbs, knuckles or fingers at the pressure point and press down firmly and tightly. Do this for about two minutes. After you remove your hands from the point, take a few deep, slow breaths. Here are some ways you can use acupressure to relieve your pain.
+ Back Pain. Stand up straight and put your hands on your waist. Place your fingers around the front of your waist and your thumbs around back. Feel for stringy muscles running along the spine. Press your thumbs on the outside parts of these muscles.
+ Headache. Find the spot where your skull ends in the back of your head at the top of your neck. Press that spot in with one hand and use your other thumb and fingers to press the top of your eye sockets where they meet your nose.
+ Menstrual Pain. Lie down on your stomach and put your arms underneath you, with your hands between your legs. Make fists with your hands and at the spot where your thigh meets your upper body. Raise one leg at a time straight up in the air to feel pressure with your fist.
+ Wrist Pain. With your hand that's not in pain, place your thumb on the inner forearm between your two bones about six inches from your wrist. Place your fingers on the outer forearm at the same spot. Press together.
+ Motion Sickness. Use your thumb to press a spot on your inner forearm about two-thirds of the way up your arm from your wrist. Then use your fingers to press the spot about one-third of the way up your arm in the center.