What is Acupressure?
Acupressure, just like Acupuncture, is a form of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupressure is a healing method developed by the Chinese which may be at least 2000 years old. Both Acupressure and Acupuncture utilises the principles of balanced flow of vital life energy also known as chi. An imbalance in the flow of energy may be the cause of illnesses so rebalancing it is the cure and that’s where Acupressure and Acupuncture come in.
However, Acupuncture employs needles to target the special points in your body while Acupressure uses gentle to firm pressure applied by the therapist’s fingers, palm, elbows or feet, or special devices.
How does it work ?
Acupressure can be both very effective in preventing and treating many health conditions such as headaches, general aches and pains, colds and flu, arthritis, allergies, asthma, nervous tension, menstrual cramps, sinus problems, sprains, tennis elbow, and toothaches. Also, Acupressure is found to be very helpful in increasing energy, reduce stress, stimulate the immune system and alleviate sexual dysfunction.
There are several Acupressure Massages that are applied. These massages vary in rhythm, pressure and technique. The following are the common styles of Acupressure:
• Shiatsu Massage – this is the most well-known style of acupressure and can be quite vigorous. This massage is done by applying firm pressure to each point for only three to five seconds.
• Firm Pressure – the most fundamental techniques which uses stationary pressure to relax an area or relive pain. It is said that a minute of steady pressure, when applied gradually, calms and relaxes the nervous system which promotes greater healing.
• Slow Motion Kneading – this style uses the thumbs, fingers and the heels of the hand to squeeze large muscle groups firmly similar to kneading a dough. This technique relieves general stiffness, shoulder and neck tension, constipation, and spasms in the calf muscles.
• Brisk Rubbing –generally used to relieve chilling, swelling and numbness by increasing circulation. To do this, therapists uses friction to stimulate the blood and lymph. The nerves and the tone of skin also benefit from this technique.
• Quick Tapping – used to improve the functioning of nerves and sluggish muscles in the area. This is commonly applied using fingertips to stimulate muscles on unprotected, tender areas of the body such as the face.
As a precaution, always be reminded that the application of Acupressure, even if it has been found effective on some cases, should be guided. Consulting your physician first is the best way to check if Acupressure is an appropriate treatment or remedy to your health condition.
Kinect Physiotherapist specialises in acupressure therapy. If your physician did not require you or prescribe you an Acupressure session, don’t worry because it’s not just a healing method but can also boost your energy and relax your body. We’d love to offer you a consultation and assessment before proceeding if you prefer to be more cautious. Just dial (07) 3711 2699 and we’ll attend to your concerns immediately.