A form of touch therapy, an acupuncture variant in which the practitioner uses manipulation rather than penetration to alleviate pain or other symptoms. Extensively used in Japan, acupressure is now also reasonably established in the West, principally the U.S.A.
Acupressure is administered by pressing with the fingertips and sometimes the elbows or knees along a complex network of trigger points in the patient's body to affect healing. It is based in the premise that, by using the fingers to stimulate key points on the skin, it will activate the body's natural self-healing processes.
The technique of using acupressure to relieve pain and other ailments is very ancient, being around for over 5000 years, and even predating acupuncture. Proponents claim that it complements conventional medical care and offers an alternative to taking drugs for the relieve of everyday aches, pains and maladies, such as headaches, arthritis, colds and flu, insomnia, backaches, hiccups, leg pain, hot flashes, depression, allergies, asthma, nervous tension, menstrual cramps, sinus problems, sprains, tennis elbow, toothaches and much more. . . besides improving your health, and increasing your vitality.
Today acupressure techniques are very popular in the West, because unlike acupuncture which requires a visit to a professional, acupressure can be performed by a layperson. Its techniques are fairly easy to learn many good books are available illustrating the position of acupoints and meridians on the body and it can be done anywhere, being a good form of treatment for spouses and partners to give to each other and for parents to perform on children for minor conditions. It is even used to promote healing and well-being in competition animals, such as horses, and household pets, mainly dogs and cats.
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