Acupressure Therapy provides a natural way to cope with pain and stress. You can learn Acupressure point formulas for different kinds of pain, and for relieving it in various areas of the body.
Acupressure pain relief can be as simple as gently holding the Acupressure points directly on painful or aching areas. Hold the points for two to three minutes to significantly reduce pain.
Muscular tension and pain tend to concentrate around Acupressure points. The Chi, the body’s life energy, can also become blocked there. By holding the points, the muscle tension can be released, the circulation of the blood increased, and the Chi energy can be balanced. These all contribute to the pain being reduced.
In addition, a person’s focus on pain can be dispersed by relaxation. This calmness comes from touching and stimulating the corresponding Acupressure points.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have severe or prolonged pain, you should seek medical assistance. Acupressure is not a substitution for any needed medical care.
You can still help yourself with Acupressure, as it’s a good complement to any medical treatment. It provides another avenue of healing — one you can do for yourself any time you need it.
The Acupressure Points are places on the skin that have a high electrical conductivity. They are especially sensitive to the bioelectrical impulses in the body, and readily conduct those impulses.
Traditionally, Asian cultures conceived of the points as junctures of special pathways, known as the meridians. They carry the human life force energy that the Chinese call Chi or Qi and the Japanese call Ki.
Western scientists have also mapped out and proven the existence of this system of body points. They use sensitive high-tech electrical devices, known as microvolt meters.
Self-Acupressure Pain Relief Resources
This website has many resources for you! Aches and pains can be relieved naturally, without drugs.
- Acupressure Book: Learn how to use Acupressure to relieve a number of conditions, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. Also see how to relieve pain in many areas of the body, in the fully-illustrated book, Acupressure Pain Relief. It’s available both as a printed book and an eBook.
- Acupressure Online Course: The Self-Acupressure’s Pain & Stress Solution is an easy way to learn self-healing and pain relief. It has fully-guided videos showing how to practice Self-Acupressure routines.
- For complete Acupressure information about how to find and hold the points, check out Acupressure Points, from the Acupressure Basics section. You’ll get a detailed introduction to what Acupressure is and how to use it to help yourself and others.
- View a short Acupressure video on Relieving Pain. This is one of the many Benefits of Acupressure.
- Explore the Pain Relief category of the Self-Acupressure A to Z section within this website.
- For Back Pain: Help yourself by practicing the self-care techniques in the Release Back Pain audio, available as an mp3 download and as a cd.
Theories of Acupressure Pain Relief
The Eastern view is that pain results from blockages in the Chi. Acupressure releases these blockages and allows for the Chi to flow freely through the meridians.
The Western view offers two ideas about how Acupressure works physically to relieve pain: through the Endorphins and the Pain Gateways. They both contribute to the mechanism of Acupressure pain relief.
Prolonged pressure on the Acupressure points — two to three minutes — triggers the release of endorphins. These are the natural pain and stress relievers, the body’s own chemicals that relieve pain.
Endorphins are neurotransmitters that are produced by the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. Acupressure stimulates the pituitary gland to release the endorphins.
As a result, pain is blocked and the flow of blood and oxygen to the affected area is increased. This causes the muscles to relax and promotes healing.
Endorphins don’t entirely block the sensation of pain, but they do alter a person’s perception of the sensation, similar to the effect of narcotics. This might explain why Acupressure Therapy often brings about a “natural high” after self-treatment or a session with an Acupressure Practitioner.
The Pain Gateway
This theory describes the transmission of pain impulses being modulated by a “gating” mechanism in the pain-signaling system. An open gate results in pain; a partially open gate, less intense pain; and a closed gate, no pain.
Because Acupressure inhibits the pain signals sent to the brain through a mild, fairly painless stimulation, it has been described as closing the “gates” of the pain-signaling system. This prevents painful sensations from reaching the brain.
This “gating” is affected in part by the activity of sensory nerves. Stimulation of these large cutaneous fibers tends to close the gate. Thus, the pain impulses are inhibited from passing through the spinal cord to the brain. Acupressure’s mild stimulation causes the gates to close, so painful sensations can’t pass through.
Pain perception is also closely related to the amount of bodily stress, tension, and emotional anxiety that is present. Acupressure increases circulation, which decreases lactic acid, carbon dioxide, histamines, bradykinins (mediators for pain reception), and a variety of toxins. Enhanced blood flow brings oxygen and other nutrients to the affected areas.
Most people experience some relief fairly quickly once they learn to use Acupressure. However, people with a history of chronic pain usually have waves of progress as well as setbacks. So do not expect an immediate resolution of chronic pain.
From my clinical experience, I’ve found that people with chronic pain must consistently practice the methods of Acupressure pain relief. These techniques are holding points, specific stretching exercises, and deep breathing. It does take work to relieve pain naturally, without drugs.
To learn these methods for reducing chronic pain and also for a number of techniques to use Acupressure to relieve pain in many areas of the body, here is the fully-illustrated book, Acupressure Pain Relief. It’s available both as a printed book and an eBook.
Besides relieving pain, Acupressure can help rebalance the body by dissolving tensions and stresses that keep it from functioning smoothly and that inhibit the immune system. Acupressure enables the body to adapt to environmental changes, to resist illness, and to promote overall health and well-being.