Also called needle-free acupuncture, acupressure is a massage that relies on various methods of compressing biologically active points on the body. The pressure should cause the patient a phenomenon called de-qi. What is? It’s just the body’s reaction to acupressure. The response may be warmth, relaxation, tingling, itching or numbness. De-qi most often occurs at the point of pressure, but it can radiate into other, even distant parts of the body. The stronger the sensations, the better the massage is performed. However, if the above reactions do not occur, either the point is wrongly chosen or the pressure is too weak. Stimulated nerve endings send impulses that reach diseased organs and reduce pain.
Different techniques are used depending on the place of pressure. Points around sensitive areas, such as the eyes or nose, can be pressed with a special pin or little finger; the points on the back are best kneaded with your thumb. There are several types of pressure. Spot – you press one point without lifting your finger or making any movements. Another is associated with continuous movement side to side and back and front. There is also a point with a circular motion, spiraling from the outside or the center.
There are several ways to set the relevant points. The anatomical features of the patient are most often used, but when this method is not applicable, the appropriate technique is “cun”, which is based on the width of the patient’s fingers (eg 1 cun is the width of the thumb). There are several types of points. LO points tie meridians to form “junctions”. They oppress them, we can restore balance in the adjacent meridians. On the back there are Shu points that are closely related to a given organ and always lie just above it. MO points are outside the meridians and are alarm points. When they hurt, it means that the organ is ill. The inhibition and stimulation points are used to stimulate or slow down the flow of qi.
Methods of interaction in acupressure
There are two types of massage due to the way the points are stimulated. In calming massage we deal with slight pressure and gradual increase of strength as well as horizontal and rotary movements. The stimulating method is based on quick and strong pressure on the body while lifting the fingers from it.
For acupressure to bring visible results, it is recommended to use it up to 3 times a week in a series of up to 20 treatments. Massage does not take more than 30 minutes, but is usually performed for 10 or 15 minutes. Acupressure is usually combined with a classic massage, which is the beginning and end of the treatment.
There are 12 pressure points, each used to deal with different types of ailments, from headache, stomach pain, neck pain, back pain, speech disorders, hypertension, sunburn, biliary tract diseases, heart palpitations, sleep disorders, varicose tonsillitis, although the list of diseases that acupressure can deal with is much longer.
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