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Acupressure, what is that?
Acupressure (Latin: "pointed pressure") is a pressure treatment of defined skin points and is considered an alternative therapy system. Acupressure can be seen as a precursor to acupuncture. The knowledge of this type of treatment was handed down through Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to it, certain energies circulate in the body on so-called meridians. There are about 20 of these meridians, also called guiding channels, in the body. On the surface of the skin there is a network of points on these meridians where the energies flowing through can be influenced. The meridians and points have correspondences to certain organs and body parts. Acupressure can influence these areas.
How does acupressure work?
Usually the stimulation of the acupressure points is done with the help of the therapist's fingertips. Sometimes the fingernails or aids are also used for stimulation. In total, there are said to be over 400 acupressure points all over the body, mostly located in depressions between the bones, muscles and tendons.
Pressure is then applied to the corresponding points for between five seconds and five minutes. The intensity of the pressure depends on the desired effect. If you want a calming effect, the acupressure point should be stimulated with a firm pressure. If you want a stimulating effect, gentle pressure is sufficient. In traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure is used to relieve tension, to restore the flow of energy in the body and to restore balance. In principle, you can also perform acupressure at home. It is important that you know the exact and appropriate places for your clinical picture.
Where does acupressure help?
Acupressure is a good way to find a natural remedy, especially for minor physical and psychological complaints. For almost every clinical picture there are corresponding acupressure points.
The following problems can be treated with acupressure:
- Pain and muscle tension
- Menstrual cramps
- Back pain, neck pain, headache
- Tiredness and exhaustion
- Gastrointestinal complaints
The effect can either be felt immediately or occurs after 15-20 minutes. It is best to perform the acupressure three times a day: in the morning, at noon and in the evening. There should be a break between the treatments so that the effect of the acupressure can be felt.
Where can I learn acupressure?
Acupressure can be learned in courses as a self-massage and should also be an effective supplement to other therapy methods. However, in the case of self-therapy of persistent pain, it is strongly recommended that the causes be clarified by a doctor. Because there could be the danger that with the suppression of the pain illnesses in need of treatment are overlooked. The Japanese variant of acupressure is Shiatsu.