Acupressure is often described as acupuncture without the needles. Some studies have suggested that acupuncture can bring about short-term improvements to fibromyalgia symptoms such as reduced pain and tender points.
Possibly these studies may relate the same information for acupressure participants. Like acupuncture, acupressure is part of traditional Chinese medicine and works on the same points of the body. Both are based on the idea that life energy, or qi, flows through channels in the body known as meridians. An even passage of qi throughout the body is viewed as vital to good health. Disruption in the flow of qi, or chi, can affect various factors including stress, emotional distress, diet, and environment.
Qi is mostly concentrated at points along the meridians known as acupoints. There is is scientific evidence that stimulating acupoints can relieve pain. Practitioners claim that using fingers and thumbs to apply firm but gentle pressure to these points stimulates the body's natural self-healing abilities. Muscular tension is relieved and circulation boosted, thereby promoting good health. The application of such pressure is believed to simulate the production of endorphins and encephalins (pain-relieving hormones), and to help relax tense, taut muscles. Many Chinese people use acupressure to self-treat a range of common disorders. You can check out your local directory and find someone who specializes in acupressure or try some of these ideas below. For best results, press on an acupoint for about three minutes.
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