Self-Administered Acupressure

As I was scrolling through ways to help with fibromyalgia pain, is tumbled across Acupressure. At first I was so confused. I thought that the website had a type-o because all I have ever heard of was acupuncture. I’ve always wanted to try acupuncture, but am still trying to find the time and funds to go. So I thought, hmmm, let me read up on this acupressure and see what the deal is.

Acupressure is very similar to acupuncture, but you don’t use needles The pressure is applied with a finger, thumb or an special device, to specific points on the body. They say that while acupressure has been studied by professionals and they found it to be helpful to people with cancer-related or osteoarthritis pain. There are also some promising studies that acupressure has helped subside symptoms in people with severe back pain. Medical professionals say we need better treatments for chronic pain. They say most of the treatments their are offered today are only medications. Some medications can have side effects, and in some cases, may increase the risk of abuse and addiction.

I know the medication I am on couldn’t be used by someone with a past of addiction. I keep a very close eye on how much of my medication I am taking and how it is effecting my body. I am sure to always ask my doctor any questions I might have before going on a certain type of medication. On top of keeping an eye on my medication, I have been looking for other ways to handle pain, stress, and anxiety. I make sure to do a 15 minute yoga stretch session every day to stretch out my body. I also meditate to make sure my mind is in the right place before I go to sleep. This helps me start the next day off in a better mindset. I also take the dogs on a 20-30 minute walk 3-7 times a week. I know I need to do better at this, and take them every day. So stay tuned on my progress! I will defiantly be adding acupressure into my weekly routine!

How to Guide to Self-Acupressure

Practicing self-acupressure can help you strengthen emotional well-being and better control pain in certain parts of your body.

When you decide where to apply the acupressure at on your body gently yet firmly apply pressure from your middle-finger. While applying light pressure, start moving your finger in a tiny circular motion. Start with light pressure, then increase as needed to start feeling relief.

This may be done as little as once a day or as much as once every hour. I know I find myself doing this throughout the day on bad days

Where to Apply Self-Acupressure

By: Vanessa Vogel Batt, L.Ac., MSTOM

Yintang located between the eyes, at the level of the eyebrows. This point is renowned for its ability to soothe anxiety and promote a general relaxation of the body. Stimulation of this point may help with obsessive and unproductive thoughts.

Ear Shen Men located on the upper portion of the ear in the triangular fossa, nearly a perfect fit to gently place a fingertip and press. The name of this point speaks for itself, stimulation here brings the potential for great relief from any kind of physical and/or emotional pain, metaphorically allowing the patient to enter 'heaven.'

Ren 17 located in the center of chest at the level of the fourth intercostal space, at the same level as the nipples. This is a great point to help relieve the sensation of rising anxiety and help the body physically relax as well.

Pericardium 6 located on the lower, inner side of arm, four finger widths from the wrist crease and between the two tendons in the middle of the arm. Gentle pressing can help promote a sense of well-being and relief from nausea.

Stomach 36 located about four finger widths down from the outer eye of the knee, then over about the width of the middle finger, from the shin bone. This invaluable point is known for its ability to promote general wellness by stimulating the immune system, stopping pain anywhere in the body and calming the shen. According to the theory of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, "calming the shen" refers to the stabilization of negative mental and emotional states

Melissa E. Moser

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