Do's and Dont's of Acupressure Therapy

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Acupressure therapy is also very easy as you don't need to support or help of a professional (although you need to learn it first from a professional or experienced person). To get benefits from this massage therapy you don't need to get expensive tools o

Acupressure therapy is also very easy as you don't need to support or help of a professional (although you need to learn it first from a professional or experienced person). To get benefits from this massage therapy you don't need to get expensive tools of equipments. There are still some do's and don’ts of this therapy, which everybody should keep in mind while practicing acupressure therapy.

The interruption or blockage of the vital force or energy flow results in the body showing the symptoms of discomfort or sickness. This energy is variously known as Qi, Chi, or Ki. Acupressure therapy is applied to certain points to ease and balance the Qi, and thus get healing/cure from many ailments.

Some of the more common ailments are:

  • Any kind of nausea and vomiting - pregnancy/ morning sickness, motion sickness, nausea after surgery, due to chemotherapy
  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Headache, and other aches and pains
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Muscle tension and pain
  • Constipation and other disorders of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Arthritis
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relieve muscular pain or tension, especially neck and back pain
  • Insomnia

Do's of acupressure therapy:

Deep breathing helps the acupressure points release any pain or tension and encourages healing energy to flow throughout the body. As you practice self-acupressure and concentrate on breathing deeply into your abdomen, you will help your body heal itself and generate a great feeling of well-being.

Apply finger pressure in a slow, rhythmic manner to enable the layers of tissue and the internal organs to respond. Never press any area in an abrupt, forceful, or jarring way.

Use the abdominal points cautiously, especially if you are ill. Avoid the abdominal area entirely if you have a life-threatening disease, especially intestinal cancer, tuberculosis, serious cardiac conditions, and leukemia. Avoid the abdominal area during pregnancy as well. After an acupressure session, your body heat is lowered; thus your resistance to cold is also lower. Because the tensions have been released, your body's vital energies are concentrating inward to maximize healing. Your body will be more vulnerable, so be sure to wear extra clothing and keep warm when you finish an acupressure routine.

Acupressure can be done alone or with a partner. You must know which points are appropriate to stimulate for the condition you are treating.

Do nots of acupressure therapy:

People with osteoporosis, recent fracture or injury, easy bruising, bleeding disorders, circulatory problems from diabetes, and those using anticoagulant medications that "thin" the blood should avoid acupressure unless under the supervision of a qualified therapist.

Lymph areas, such as the groin, the area of the throat just below the ears, and the outer breast near the armpits, are very sensitive these areas should be touched only lightly and not pressed.

Do not:

  • Practice after strenuous exercise.
  • Practice with a totally empty or full stomach.
  • Practice if you are extremely weak or right after recovering
  • from a severe disease.
  • Practice on open wounds or any skin problems such as dermatitis, burns, bruises, and scalds
  • Massage a new injury that shows swelling, or if it is hot to touch.
  • Use acupressure on hip area where an artificial joint is fitted.
  • Massage the abdomen or the lower back of women with menses or who are pregnant.
  • Apply pressure to areas of the head in people with epilepsy or high blood pressure.
  • Directly on a serious burn, an ulcerous condition, or an infection: for these conditions, medical care alone is indicated.
  • Scars and injuries: Do not work directly on a recently formed scar. During the first month after an injury or

Acupressure's effects can be subtle and while you may often experience immediate relief from stress and pain, sometimes it may take you a few weeks to notice a big change in your overall condition.

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Precautions in Acupressure

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Posted on Jun 7, 2011