Acupressure is an ancient healing art which uses pressure on certain pressure points to relieve pain. It is effective in stress-related ailments and boosting the immune system. Acupressure practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows, feet, or special devices to apply pressure to the acupoints.
The Aim of Acupressure
The objective of acupressure is to restore health and balance to the channels of energy in the body.
Is Acupressure and Acupuncture the Same?
Acupuncture and Acupressure use the same pressure points and meridians but acupuncture uses needles, while Acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands.
Some of the Common Benefits of Acupressure Are
- Relief from stress and tension
- Relaxation of mind and body
- Improvement in blood circulation
- Promotion in healing injury
- Increase in the levels of energy
Role of Acupressure in Arthritis Treatment
Arthritis is a condition which involves pain, swelling, and inflammation of a joint. For arthritis patients, acupressure is a viable alternative therapy. It can be done anywhere, anytime.
It relieves pain in arthritis patients in three ways as follows:
- When certain acupressure points are pressed, it enables the increased energy to move throughout the body and thus, helps in relieving the pain.
- When acupressure points are pressed, endorphins responsible for relieving pain are released.
- Acupressure improves the circulation of blood, which helps in arthritis conditions.
Benefits of Acupressure
Some of the studies show that acupressure may help to relieve pain in the lower back. According to studies, acupressure liberates endorphins and promotes anti-inflammatory effects. Therefore, it can be helpful in some types of arthritis. Also, it improves the emotional and mental well-being, which are common issues in arthritis patients.
What Are the Drawbacks of Acupressure?
Acupressure is usually safe but in the condition of arthritis, you must consult your doctor before starting this therapy.
Acupressure should be avoided in the following conditions:
- it should not be done in the area of a cancerous tumor
- it should not be done if a person suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, a spinal injury, or a bone disease as it can worsen the condition
- If a person suffers from varicose veins
- If a woman is pregnant