Acupressure is very similar to acupuncture. A trained practitioner presses on certain places on the body to relieve pain. It canít get to some of the deeper points on the body but it can still be very effective. In a nutshell, acupressure is the same modality as acupuncture. Itís just that the practitioner uses his or her finger or some blunt instrument to stimulate the acupuncture points instead of needles.
Acupressure is used exclusively by some practitioners. It foregoes the fear some people have with the needles. At Sweet Relief Acupuncture I do have some experience with acupressure. I use tuning forks for some patients instead of the needles to stimulate the body points. With the NAET patients itís just as effective. With other patients who are more sensitive to stimuli, the tuning forks give them pain and anxiety relief.
The practice of using tuning forks is a modality in and of itself. Some practitioners are trained in using various tones to treat people. Itís an amazing experience, very relaxing and very effective. I donít use the gamut of tones but what I do use has worked for many patients; adults and children alike.
Acupressure works the same way as acupuncture. It helps to increase blood flow and release endorphins in order to relieve pain. As well, it can help to balance hormones and relieve the symptoms of allergies. In fact thereís a technique for the ear that can actually give you an all over body massage in just five minutes.
I use this treatment quite often when Iím doing trigger point treatments. Itís quick and effective. Itís also a technique that can easily be shown to patients for small things such as treating minor headaches or nausea.
This could be the one thing thatís missing in your treatments. If you think youíve tried everything except acupuncture but are afraid of trying it because of the needles, ask about Acupressure.