Chiropractic Care & Acupressure

Combining Two Healing Methods

Chiropractic treatments and Acupressure Therapy complement each other and were traditionally practiced together in ancient China. 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.

Chiropractors often hire Acupressure practitioners to release a patient’s back muscles in preparation to giving a chiropractic adjustment. This makes the adjustments even more effective. In addition, Acupressure given after the chiropractic treatment stabilizes the adjustment and balances the patient’s energy to promote greater healing. Some chiropractors give their patients self-treatment points to practice at home and also make referrals to Acupressure practitioners and massage therapists.

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 (the same points as Acupuncture) that 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.

Acupressure does not substitute for Chiropractic Care, but complements it, increasing its effectiveness. For example, in the case of a spinal misalignment due to an auto accident, Acupressure would not be the first treatment choice. In such cases, consult a chiropractor. Acupressure can, however, speed the healing once the spine has been adjusted and can help relieve the patient’s associated pain and anxiety.

Self-Acupressure & Chiropractic Care  Acupressure is an ideal self-help 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 enhance 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.

Self-Acupressure Resources for Back Pain

To learn how to use Acupressure, check out the Pain Relief category in Self-Acupressure A to Z. Another resource is the page for Healing Injuries and Back Problems, one of the many Benefits of Acupressure. Scroll down below the following section for more Acupressure materials, such as videos, audios, and more.


Acupressure Chiropractic Points

The following Acupressure points are from my book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, a self-care reference guide for many common ailments.

To learn how to use Acupressure for yourself, read Acupressure Points, part of the Acupressure Basics section.

These points can all be used effectively with Chiropractic Care.

Vital Diaphragm (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 Back Pain Relief — Acupressure Points & Self-Healing Methods.


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.


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.


More Acupressure Resources

    • The Home Study Discount Pack is an e-Package for you to download so you can learn how to use Acupressure. It includes 5 instructional booklets, 30 Acupressure Point Flashcards, and audios where I lead you in guided visualizations on the 12 Meridians and the Five Elements.


    • Acupressure Stress Relief Video A guided self-healing program for easing headaches, neck pain, and shoulder tension in 20 minutes. Narrated by Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D.


    • Less Stress Video Acupressure & Qi Gong breathing exercises that boost the immune system, increase vitality, and support recovery from surgery, trauma, chronic fatigue, depression, and stressful, difficult times.


  • Stress Relief CD: provides guidance to counteract stress. Learn self-acupressure, deep breathing exercises, and gentle stretches to feel more relaxed and enhance the quality of your life in as little as ten minutes a day.


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