ATHLETIC EDGE
Sports Medicine
Sports Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation
 540 BRYANT ST, PALO ALTO, CA 94301
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Acupressure

ACUPRESSURE


Acupressure is the non-invasive form of acupuncture, as Chinese physicians determined that stimulating points on the body with massage and pressure could be effective for treating certain problems. Acupressure was developed as a Chinese ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force (sometimes known as qi or chi) to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses the gentle, but firm pressure of hands and feet

 

Acupressure continues to be the most effective method for treatment of tension-related ailments by using the power and sensitivity of the human hand. Acupressure can be effective in helping relieve headaches, eye strain, sinus problems, neck pain, backaches, arthritis, muscle aches, tension due to stress, ulcer pain, menstrual cramps, lower backaches, constipation, indigestion, and can be used to relieve anxiety and improve sleep.

 

In massage therapy, acupressurists will evaluate a client’s symptoms and overall health. During a treatment, a person typically lies down on a table, with thin clothing on. The acupressurist will gently feel and palpate parts of the body to determine energy imbalances. Then the therapist will work with the different meridians throughout the body, depending on which organs are imbalanced. The therapist will use different types of finger movements and pressure on different acupoints, depending on whether the chi needs to be increased or dispersed at different points. The therapist observes and guides the energy flow through the patient’s body throughout the session to unblock the energy and to encourage blood and lymph flow. The free circulation of blood and lymph fluid will encourage energy and promote healing. For example, an acupressure therapist may apply pressure with their hands, elbows, arms or fingers in order to stimulate the flow of energy (or chi) and blood throughout the body. A session of acupressure is generally a very pleasant experience, and some people experience great benefit immediately.

Acupressure has been used as a way to relax the mind and body, to increase blood circulation, soothe stress, muscle pain, headache, improve overall energy levels, and to help the body dispose of dangerous toxins. Acupressures origin is traced back over 5000 years to ancient Asia where it was used to treat a wide range of health conditions like muscle and joint injury, labor pain, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. For example if the acupuncturist applies light pressure with their fingers, hands or elbows on a clients abdomen its thought to soothe abdominal congestion and menstrual discomfort.


One session is typically not enough to totally unblock a meridian, so a series of sessions are normally recommended - depending on the seriousness of the condition. For more chronic conditions, several sessions may be necessary to relieve and improve conditions.