acupuncture and acupressure

What is Acupressure? – Complete Information about Acupressure

Acupressure is a technique to heal many types of pains and diseases occurs in Human Body.Acupressure is an art to touch the Energy Points on surface of Body to connect with Energy Flow and heal the different disorders of Patient’s Body. Acupressure is a very old art of put firm pressure on various selected points of Human Body that are connected to the Immune System. Acupressure not only helps in healing the pains but also prevents further diseases and relaxes the body. Acupressure was found almost five to six thousand years ago.

What is Acupressure?

Acupressure is the way to firmly press the key points of Muscles to heal the pain of a certain part by regulating the Flow of Energy in Human Body. The word “Acu” means Needle and “Pressure” means heaviness. Acupressure means to force to a certain spot on body-muscle that gives pain of touch of Needle. Acupressure does not give too much pressure or pain, rather it works on healing of pain as convenient to the Patient. Acupressure cures the pains and aches of Human Body in a natural way. That is why it has No Side Effects. Acupressure is an ancient technique to regulate the Energy Flow with light pressure on Surface of Pathways on body.

Acupressure and Acupuncture

Acupressure and Acupuncture both use same points on Surface of Human Body for healing the problems. But Acupuncture is applied through Needle and Acupressure is applied through Pressure of Hand (Especially by Thumb and Fingers). Acupressure gives pressure to such points that results in Releasing Muscular Aches, Enhance Blood Circulation and gives relaxation to the Human Body.

Acupressure is generally said that in a Chinese Medicine Method, but it was firstly discovered in India which latterly disappeared. Acupressure nowadays has many methods as Reflexology, Meridian and Sujok Therapy. Reflexology is an American invention, Meridian is Chinese invention while Sujok is discovered by Korea. All these are parts of Acupressure in different methods.

What is acupuncture?

Origins

Traditional acupuncture forms a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine where the basis of diagnosis and treatment is that the mind and body should be in perfect balance.

This ancient system of healing has developed over 2,500 years originating in China and other far Eastern cultures. It is a gentle and effective treatment that focuses on helping the whole person, aiming to improve their entire health and wellbeing and today is widely used and accepted all over the world.

Having your first traditional acupuncture treatment

Before having your first traditional acupuncture treatment there are a just a few simple steps to follow which ensure you get the most out of your session:

Avoid alcohol and caffeine:
The main goal of traditional acupuncture is to make you feel more relaxed and calm, therefore avoid doing anything that can jeopardise this. For example fizzy drinks and coffee all make you feel more alert and energised. Believe it or not this affects your pulse and makes it much harder for your practitioner to get accurate readings.

Food:
Plan to have a meal 2-3 hours before your appointment to allow your food to digest. Don’t go with an empty stomach and more importantly don’t go just after a big meal as you may need to lie on your front.

Timings:
It’s important to try and keep your day free after the session or make sure you don’t do anything too stressful. After treatment you’ll feel incredibly relaxed so try not to do anything that can alter that.

Clothing:
It is a good idea to wear loose-fitting clothes so that the traditional acupuncture points, especially those on your lower limbs, are easily accessible.

Consultation

Your acupuncturist will do a full diagnostic consultation asking questions about your medical history including all aspects of your health and wellbeing. Your acupuncturist will also look at your tongue and feel your pulses on both wrists. This comprehensive diagnostic consultation allows the practitioner to create a bespoke treatment plan including lifestyle and dietary advice as well as acupuncture.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions required will depend entirely on the individual patient and the condition. Your acupuncturist will normally ask to see you once or twice a week at first. Some change is usually felt within five or six treatments, although occasionally just one or two treatments are sufficient.

How can acupuncture help me?

A growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture, as practised by British Acupuncture Council members safely treats a wide range of common health problems including short-term relief of symptoms such as low back pain, tension-type headaches and migraine-type headaches.  It can also be used to help temporarily relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee (along with exercise and conventional medicine). In fact the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on best practice now recommend that GPs offer a course of 10 sessions of acupuncture as a first line treatment for persistent, non-specific low back pain. In September last year, NICE announced it also recognises acupuncture’s benefits for migraines and tension-type headaches too.

What is the difference between acupuncture and acupressure?

An acupoint can be stimulated with different methods. Acupuncture and acupressure are both methods used to stimulate acupoints. In comparison, acupuncture uses a hair-thin needle to stimulate an acupoints where as acupressure uses a firm pressure to massage the acupoints. Acupuncture triggers a stronger stimulation to activate the body’s innate healing ability than does acupressure.

Some other common therapeutic methods used to stimulate acupoints include: deep-tissue massage, laser acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, and more.