Acupressure is the ancient Chinese healing art of using applied pressure on specific points on the body to relieve common ailments and discomfort.
Acupressure is based on the same concept of meridians and acupoints as acupuncture, but fingertip pressure is used rather than needles.
The aim is also the same, to balance the flow of energy or qi within the meridians, creating healthy functioning of the internal organs and preventing or curing disease.
During treatment, the practitioner determines the correct points to use in relation to the ailment(s) and then places gentle pressure on the area(s) using the tips of the index or middle fingers, or the thumb, or the edge of the fingernail.
The pressure must be even and is most often applied in the direction of the flow of the meridian. Small rotations may accompany the pressure and depending on the condition, the effects may be felt immediately (as in the case of blocked sinuses).
Some conditions which acupressure can treat are:
- Back Ache
Follow this link for information on specific acupressure points for common ailments and pain.