The type of treatment that focuses on specific pressure points in the human body is perhaps more commonly known as acupuncture pressure and has been applied to traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
The method is simple, apply pressure to points along the meridians in your body to promote the relaxation and cure of various diseases. There are more than 400 acupuncture points in the body.
There are, however, only 12 large “meridians” connecting specific instruments, thus creating a communication system throughout the body. According to the central idea of Chinese medicine, diseases occur when one or more of these meridians are blocked or out of balance.
In Western medicine, physicians attribute the benefits of acupuncture to factors such as decreased muscle tension, improved circulation, and stimulation of certain brain chemicals called endorphins which act as natural painkillers.
Regardless of the underlying cause of its effectiveness, several studies have shown that body pressure points, as they arise from Chinese traditional medicine, are an alternative treatment to relieve certain illnesses and pains.
At these points, the pressure exerted must be mild in intensity for a few seconds to a few minutes. For best results, take slow, deep breaths as you press on these points.