Acupressure is an ancient alternative medicine technique that involves applying physical pressure to key healing points along the body. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The goal is to bring relief to areas causing pain, tension, and stress-related ailments. These points run along energy-carrying pathways called meridians. They are the same pathways used in acupuncture, which involves applying pressure and heat to these same points with thin needles.
When the balance of the pathways is disrupted, pain and discomfort can occur. By pressing on the acupuncture points, we can help restore health and balance to these pathways. Acupressure therapy is commonly used to relieve sinus headaches, allergies, and back pain, reduce muscle tension, and improve quality of sleep. While massage therapists and other “bodywork” practitioners often use acupressure techniques, there are some that you can learn and try for yourself.
Take a look at the graphic below to find key pressure points that will relieve certain ailments and pain. Applying pressure for 10 to 30 seconds to these areas can help you find relief.