Try Acupressure

Consider Acupressure

Acupressure may help reduce stress and pain. Learn about acupressure, who practices it and where to find a practitioner, and what to expect at a session and after it. Once informed, you can decide if it's for you.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, migraine, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, nerve pain

Symptoms: Headache, menstrual cramps, migraines, muscle pain, pain, stress, anxiety

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Treatments:

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Intro to Acupressure

Instead of acupuncture's needles, acupressure uses touch or pressure to ease pain. Experts use their fingers, elbows, or devices on specific points that may not be near the problem area. Traditional Chinese medicine says acupressure unblocks the body's energy. Western medicine says any benefit from acupressure may come from the release of built-up lactic acid or endorphins, which are the body's natural painkillers.

Prompt: Why acupressure?

CTA: Find out how it may help.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, migraine, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, nerve pain

Symptoms:  Headache, menstrual cramps, migraines, muscle pain, pain, stress, anxiety

Treatments: Acupressure, massage, acupuncture

Categories: Treatment

Acupressure Appts.

Typically, during an acupressure session, you lie on a soft massage table. The practitioner uses his or her fingers, palms, elbows, feet, or special tools to apply gentle pressure to specific points on your body. Treatment may also involve stretching or massage.

Call a local acupressure practitioner to learn more about the first session.

Prompt: What to expect.

CTA: What's an appt like?

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, migraine, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, nerve pain

Symptoms: Headache, menstrual cramps, migraines, muscle pain, pain, stress, anxiety

Triggers:

Treatments: Acupressure, massage, acupuncture

Categories: Treatment

Acupressure for You?

Ask your doctor if there is any reason you should not try acupressure. Although research into acupressure's health benefits is relatively new, some patients do report feeling relief from stress and pain.

Studies suggest that acupressure may help with low back pain, postoperative pain, headache, even menstrual cramps.

Prompt: Is acupressure for you?

CTA: Ask your doctor.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, migraine, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, nerve pain

Symptoms: Headache, menstrual cramps, migraines, muscle pain, pain, stress, anxiety

Triggers:

Treatments: Acupressure, massage, acupuncture

Categories: Treatment

Who Does Acupressure

Look for an acupressure practitioner in your area. Some massage therapists -- for example, shiatsu and Thai style -- practice acupressure as part of their sessions. If your health insurance plan covers acupressure, your insurance company may have a list of providers. You may also need a referral from your doctor.

Prompt: Where do I go?

CTA: Find acupressure practitioners.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, migraine, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, nerve pain

Symptoms: Headache, menstrual cramps, migraines, muscle pain, pain, stress, anxiety

Triggers:

Treatments: Acupressure, massage, acupuncture

Categories: Treatment

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on January 14, 2019

Sources

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Acupressure, Shiatsu, and Other Asian Bodywork."

American Pain Foundation: "Treatment Options: A Guide for People Living with Pain."

NIH NCCAM: "Energy Medicine: An Overview."

Taylor, D. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, June 2002.

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