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Acupressure

Acupressure is an ancient form of treatment that originates from the Far East and extends back as far as 5000 years. Acupressure is quite similar to acupuncture as its main function is to relieve the body of its stresses. It is deemed an ancient healing art form using the techniques of finger pressure to pinpoint and stimulate the body's natural healing abilities. Acupressure uses the power of the hand to effectively reach the deeper structures of the musculoskeletal system. The use of acupressure has positive effects on the body. It is highly effective at treating stress related disorders that manifest themselves within the tissues of the body. The Chinese form of acupressure is deemed as an alternative medicine treatment, whereas the acupressure used at Liverpool Physio is based upon clinical evidence based practice.


Who is Acupressure for?



Acupressure may be used for treatments that aren't specifically in the same area that the pain resides. The theory behind the evidence based acupressure is that it uses trigger points release applied by pressure of the hand with an aim of targeting superficial and deep tissues. People that have an ongoing issue with pain may benefit from acupressure as it is quite similar to the treatment modality acupuncture and consists of the same properties.

It can be used for:
  • Pain management
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Cramps
  • Morning sickness
  • Muscle tensions
  • Muscle tightness
  • Post-operative treatment

Accupressure massage technique applied to vastus lateralisAbove: Accupressure massage technique applied to vastus lateralis



What are the benefits?



According to recent studies acupressure as a treatment modality has been effective in treating neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, migraine headaches, facial paralysis and peripheral disorders. It has many benefits similar to acupuncture as it is deemed as a manual form of treatment.

Benefits include:-
  • Alleviate pain
  • Reduce symptoms
  • Increase range of movement
  • Increase flexibility
  • Prevents injury
  • Increases circulation
  • Improves all round wellbeing

How does acupressure work?



Acupressure utilises the same principals as acupuncture. All the same areas and points are stimulated but unlike acupuncture, acupressure uses the appliance of manual techniques rather than using needles to alleviate pain. As the specialists manually apply acupressure to certain areas it is thought that the body releases endorphins which help to alleviate pain by stimulating and blocking the pain gait. As well as being used to alleviate pain, acupressure is also used to help regain a balance within the body which helps to ease tensions and stresses that have built up so that normal functional movements can be reintroduced to everyday life.

As manual pressure is applied the fibres within the muscles that may be chronically tight are stretched and elongated allowing the muscles to work functionally rather than causing pain on movement. This also works by increasing circulation and enhancing the flow of nutrients to the areas being accessed by the specialists.


Summary



Acupressure consists of the same principles as acupuncture but rather than use needles it uses a manual therapy technique. It can play an essential role in the management of pain disorders as it helps to close the pain gait by stimulating the fibres which conduct the pain to the brain and aids in blocking it.

How to book an appointment

If you require further information regarding acupressure then email us on office@liverpoolphysio.co.uk or call 0151 558 0077.

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