Pressure points to relieve pain, stress and tension
Today, stress is one of the most common conditions that people suffer from. Lifestyle, noise, numerous responsibililties, and other situations can cause feelings of intense physical or emotional stress that can really reduce quality of life. Clinical studies have even found that stress can speed the aging process! People suffering from stress can develop other health problems that can further affect their lives.
- intense headaches and migraines
- muscle pain
- digestive problems
- frequent urge to urination
We all have experienced various symptoms of stress. But this does not mean that this is how our lives need to be. Everything possible should be done to avoid the stress that has already become a part of our daily routine. One of the ways to relieve tension and relax is to massage pressure points.
You have probably heard, acupuncture is usually associated with Chinese medical practice, or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupressure applies a similar technique to provide relaxation and is used as a treatment for certain diseases. However, it does not involve needles as acupuncture does. Acupressure has stood the test of time in China having been applied there for thousands of years, and is used by many holistic and alternative medical professionals around the world.
It is believed that every organ of the human body is linked to certain pressure points. Therefore, if you wish to improve the function of internal organs, relax tension or relieve a headache, this can be done by massaging specific acupressure points. Acupressure massage requires a thorough knowledge of the pressure points that are present in our body. You can find them in an acupressure points chart, on official websites of acupressure points, or install an application on your smartphone. There you will find body illustrations that will help you identify pressure points. By massaging pressure points for migraines, for example, you can relieve headaches and learn to control your energy level. Overall, massaging acupressure points has been shown to help to accelerate metabolism, regulate your appetite, manage stress, reduce tension and much more.
Where exactly are acupressure points?
There are literally hundreds of active pressure points on the human body, so it is hard to enumerate all of them in one short article. If you are interested in them, a full list of pressure points can be found on an acupressure points chart. Now let’s concentrate on most common points of the body and what effect can be reached when they are massaged:
Ear pressure points – modern physicians call ear pressure points auricular points, from the Latin auris meaning “ear.” Each of 130 auricular points has its clear purpose: it is responsible for a particular organ or part of the body. By using these points, you can get rid of pains in a certain organ, tone up, or relax the body. After consulting an acupressure points chart you can massage ear pressure points to help you enhance digestion, remedy constipation, eliminate immune system disorders, and to lower appetite and reduce high blood pressure.
Neck pressure points – the massage of neck pressure points is recommended for the musculoskeletal system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system and as a supportive therapy after spinal surgery. In addition, massage is recommended to patients suffering from osteochondrosis. The massage of neck pressure points allows you to get rid of pain, improves blood flow to the spinal cord, bone, and muscles of the neck and head organs, especially the brain. The condition of the internal organs innervated by the nerves of the cervical plexus can be indirectly improved.
Back pressure points – back pain is a common problem that interferes many of our lives. Interestingly, some pressure points on the feet and certain hand pressure points can help to relieve back pain. You can gently take a minute to massage both feet at the point where the first two toes meet, then relax and massage the pressure point between your thumb and index fingers on both hands. According to TCM, this technique will help to soothe pain in the back. In case of low back pain, look for back pressure points at the end of your spine – the second and third lumbar vertebrae. Tapping these points is said to help to prevent fatigue and harsh back pain. Overall, there are many back pressure points, so you can either consult the specialist or check an acupressure points chart.
Hand pressure points – among 340 acupressure points of the whole body, 28 of them are located on the hand. You can identify them with the help of an acupressure points chart and enjoy the result by massaging them. Rubbing certain hand pressure points can be helpful in the treatment of some ailments including migraines, toothache, neck pain, constipation and shoulder tension.
Facial pressure points – as other parts of the body, the face also has a number of pressure points. Cosmetologists use them to help prevent aging processes and improve skin health when they give facial massages. Everyday rubbing of facial pressure points is said to help to smooth out existing wrinkles and prevent the appearance of new ones. Speaking of health conditions, the massage of pressure points on the head is said to improve blood flow into the head, thus improve brain activity and allow you to be more productive.
With such a variety of acupressure points all over the body, one can easily get confused where to find a certain one and how to massage it. But with a little bit of practice and an acupressure points chart at hand, you may be able to produce a curing and at the same time pleasant effect to your body.