Specific Gentle Acupressure (no needles)
In our Health center we utilize a specific application of gentle acupressure. In this article, we will first describe acupressure in general and then we will go into the very specific powerful way that we work with acupressure with our patients.
Acupressure is basically acupuncture without needles. It is believed to be around 5000 years old and originated in China. It relies on finger and thumb pressure to stimulate points called “acupoints” along energetic pathways in the body called meridians. Acupressure is believed to be the “father of Acupuncture” in that it predates the use of needles to stimulate the body energy flow. It uses the same principles of Meridian and points as Acupuncture, but pressure is applied directly to the Acupoints of the body mainly by using gentle finger pressure.
This is a system that moves vital energy pathways in the body. There are twelve main meridians that have been mapped out that flow in specific pathways like rivers flowing through the body. Blockage to proper flow of these meridians is theorized by acupuncturists and acupresurrists as possibly causing imbalances in the cells, tissues, organs, and glands of the body.
In 1979, the World Health Organization, which is one of the most respected and premiere health organizations in the world, created a list of conditions for which stimulating acupoints is appropriate therapy. They listed:
• Digestive Conditions: abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, hyperacidity and indigestion.
• Emotional Conditions: anxiety, depression, insomnia, nervousness and neurosis.
• Eye-Ear-Nose-Throat Conditions: cataracts, gingivitis, poor vision, tinnitus and toothache.
• Gynecological Conditions: infertility, menopausal symptoms and premenstrual syndrome.
• Musculoskeletal Conditions: arthritis, back pain, muscle cramping, muscle pain/weakness, neck pain, sciatica.
• Neurological Conditions: headaches, neurogenic bladder dysfunction, Parkinsonism disease, postoperative pain and stroke.
• Respiratory Conditions: asthma, bronchitis, common cold, sinusitis, smoking cessation and tonsillitis.
• Miscellaneous Conditions: addiction control, athletic performance, blood pressure regulation, chronic fatigue, immune system tonification and stress reduction.
NAET, CBT, TBM, these are all wonderful acupressure techniques which utilize the acupressure system in a specific way to help restore balance and health to your body.
While the NAET, CBT & TBM methods all have differences, all have in common the “Back Shu” acupressure points. The “Back Shu” acupressure points are a series of points that run along each side of your spine about ½ inch from the center of the spine. Acupressure theory describes these points as having a tremendous effect on the functioning of the glands and organs in the body when they are stimulated.
In our office we stimulate the Back Shu points along each side of the spine with gentle finger pressure and no needles are ever used.
These Back Shu acupressure points are located in the areas where the spinal nerves come off from the spine and go to the cells, tissues organs and glands in the body. Because of this similar location, some doctors theorize that pressure on these points also stimulate the nerves going to the organs and glands and tissues of the body.
When you read the success stories on the web site of our patients with musculoskeletal problems, thyroid, allergy, digestive, PMS, menopause, etc., please know that their great health improvements came after we made specific stimulation of Back Shu points and totally gentle spinal adjustments along the spine to help the nerves function better.