Chiropractic Care with Acupressure
Acupressure increases the circulation of both blood and healing energy through the spinal column. This relaxes the back muscles and eases chiropractic adjustments, helping them to last longer.
On this page, you’ll learn more about Acupressure and how it integrates with chiropractic care. You’ll also find Self-Acupressure Chiropractic Points that you can use right away, both for yourself and others.
Chiropractic Treatments: Before, After, and at Home
Chiropractors often hire Acupressure Practitioners to release the tension in a patient’s back muscles before giving a chiropractic adjustment. This makes the adjustments easier and more effective.
In addition, Acupressure given after the chiropractic treatment stabilizes the adjustment. It also balances the patient’s energy to promote greater healing. The positive result is that the adjustment can be more long-lasting.
Some chiropractors also give their patients Self-Acupressure points to practice at home. In addition, they make referrals to Acupressure practitioners and massage therapists.
Benefits of Acupressure
Acupressure therapy is a safe, effective way to reduce common stress-related problems. Acupressure releases muscular tension, enabling the blood to flow freely and allowing toxins to be released. An increase in circulation also brings more oxygen and other nutrients to affected areas.
Tension tends to concentrate around the Acupressure points. In order to relax muscular tension and balance the vital life forces, Acupressure utilizes a system of points and meridians.
These are the same points used in Acupuncture, and have a high electrical conductivity on the surface of the skin. Some chiropractors even use high-tech devices to stimulate the points and move energy through the spine and supporting back muscles.
How Acupressure & Chiropractic Care Work Together
Acupressure can speed your healing once the spine has been adjusted and can help relieve the patient’s associated pain and anxiety. Acupressure is not a substitute for chiropractic care, but complements it, increasing the effectiveness of adjustments. Acupressure also can enable a chiropractic adjustment to last longer. In the case of a spinal misalignment due to an auto accident, chiropractic care can be enhanced with Acupressure which soothes the patient and balances healing energy.
Self-Acupressure & Chiropractic Care
Acupressure is an ideal self-healing therapy for chiropractic patients. They can quickly learn to locate the points and apply the correct pressure. Most points are within the patient’s easy reach.
By learning a few Self-Acupressure techniques, patients can support and reinforce their chiropractic treatments and begin to take greater responsibility for their health. Patients who use Acupressure find their adjustments are easier, more enjoyable, and the results last longer.
Acupressure Chiropractic Points
The following Acupressure points are from the book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, A Guide to Self-Care for Many Common Ailments. To learn how to use Acupressure for yourself, see Acupressure Points, which is a part of the Acupressure Basics section of this website.
The following points can all be used effectively with Chiropractic Care.
Vital Diaphragm (B 36 – B 38)
Location: Between the shoulder blades and the spine at the level of the heart.
Chiropractic Healing Benefits: This calming point balances the emotions and relieves anxiety, grief, and other emotional imbalances.
To learn two techniques to stimulate back points that are hard to reach, here’s the Back Pain Relief — Acupressure Points & Self-Healing Methods.
Wind Mansion (GV 16)
Location: In the center of the back of the head in the large hallow underneath the base of the skull.
Chiropractic Healing Benefits: Good for eyes, ears, nose, and throat. Relieves headaches, vertigo, stiff necks, back and neck pain.
Gates of Consciousness (GB 20)
Location: Below the base of the skull, in the hollows between two large neck muscles, two to three inches apart, depending on the size of the head.
Chiropractic Healing Benefits: Relieves depression, headaches, dizziness, stiff necks, and irritability.
Heavenly Pillar (B 10)
Location: One-half inch below the base of the skull, on the ropy muscles located one-half inch out from the spine.
Chiropractic Healing Benefits: Relieves emotional distress, burnout, exhaustion, depression, and heaviness in the head.
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