What is acupressure?
Acupressure is an extension of acupuncture, whereby deep stimulation, or pressure, is applied to specific acupuncture points to promote wellness and health. There are no needles involved in acupressure, which is ideal for children and those who are needle-phobic. Typically, fingers or thumbs are used to stimulate various acupuncture points.
What are acupuncture points and what do they do?
There are 365 acupuncture points on the body. These points belong to twelve meridians which connect to the twelve different organs in our body. These meridians and organs are Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium, Triple Energiser, Spleen, Stomach, Lung, Large Intestine, Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Liver, and Gall Bladder. The meridians can be interpreted as roads that travel all over the body. The primary purpose of these meridians is to serve as a pathway for Qi (energy) and Blood to flow through. In a healthy person, Qi and Blood flows smoothly. When the flow of Qi and Blood becomes disrupted, the person starts to experience problems with their health, which can range from emotional issues to physical symptoms. Each acupuncture point has its function and indication for different diseases and symptoms. As a result, various acupuncture points are stimulated via needles or deep pressure to re-establish the smooth flow of Qi and Blood.
Can I do acupressure at home?
Yes! The benefit of acupressure is that you can do this therapy in the comfort of your own home to further promote the treatment outcome from your acupuncture sessions. For optimal benefits, please consult with a qualified and nationally registered acupuncturist for a Traditional Chinese Medicine assessment. All acupuncturists practising in Australia must be registered with AHPRA (the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). You can check for registered practitioners on the AHPRA website.
Which acupuncture points are helpful for insomnia?
The following set of acupuncture points are indicated for sleep disturbances. These are the points that I typically use when a patient presents with sleeping problems. Use your finger or your thumb to stimulate these points gently by pressing down firmly for about 2-3 minutes. Acupressure to these points can be applied daily and make sure you use this technique to both sides of your body. I have also provided a visual guide to help you locate these points.
Have your palm facing you. Using your opposite thumb, run a line from your ring finger straight down to your wrist crease. You should feel an indent just below the wrist crease. Use your thumb to press this point.
Have your palm facing you. Lay the first three fingers of your opposite hand across your wrist. Make sure your ring finger is in line with the wrist crease. Touch your thumb to your wrist just below your index finger. You should feel two large tendons. Use your thumb to press this point.
Have your palm facing you and form your hand into a fist. This point is in the middle of your wrist crease, and you should see two tendons. Relax the hand, and apply pressure using your thumb.
In a seated position, place your foot on your opposite knee. This point is between your Achilles tendon and your ankle bone. Use your thumb to press this point.
Find the point by going two fingers lengths below where the skin of your big toe and second toe join. Use your thumb to press this point.
If your sleeping issues don't improve with self-administered acupressure after seven days, book online for an initial consultation with me at Back On Your Feet in Sydney CBD.
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