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The word 'Acupressure' means to press with a needle. Science of acupressure developed as it was seen that effects similar to that of acupuncture could be obtained by pressing acupuncture points. The term 'acupressure' implies application of pressure on an acupuncture point with a needle without actually piercing the skin.
Principle Behind Acupressure: When we are hurt, we instinctively hold affected part and massage or press it to ease the pain. This is because pain in that part of body can be temporarily eased by pressure over that pain. A headache can be relieved by pressure on the temples.
Over thousands of years, this principle was redefined into a fine art as it was seen that pressure as different parts of the body could alleviate problems elsewhere in the body. Gradually, it was found that pressure with a sharp object appeared to be more effective than pressure applied with fingers. This was the origin of the art of acupressure. A form of acupressure and martial art called 'Kalaripayatt' is practiced in south India especially in Kerala. Japanese form of acupressure is called 'Shiatsu' and is a highly developed form of treatment.
How is acupressure applied: Acupressure can be performed in many ways. Classical way of doing it is to use a blunt needle to apply pressure over an acupuncture point. However, acupressure can also be carried out by pressing with your nail or any other blunt object. Pressure can be applied and released a number of times. Duration of pressure is dependent on how painful the point is. If it is very painful, point is pressed every few minutes for few seconds. This process is repeated till patient finds that the point is no longer as painful and one can withstand greater pressure for a longer time.
If there is no pain at acupuncture point, continuous pressure is applied for 30-90 seconds till required result is obtained. However, acupuncture points requiring treatment are often tender.
Advantages of acupressure: Acupressure is a useful means of treatment as it can b e carried out without any special equipment. In an emergency, fingers or a ball-point pen can be used to apply acupressure, which can ease the symptoms. If someone fractures his ankle in an accident and is in intense pain, acupressure can be applied on his hand and ear to ease his pain. Best results from acupressure are obtained when therapist has accurate knowledge of acupuncture points.
Acupressure is a useful means of therapy to be taught to lay people to enable them to help themselves with their problem. Asthmatic patients are usually taught to insert their finger behind the breastbone at base of throat to relive acute attack of asthma. Pain due to any reason can be eased by pressing between the thumb and forefinger. In general, acupressure is not as effective a form of treatment as acupuncture because the force, which is applied, is dissipated over a wider area. In acupuncture, needle enters a point which is less than 2 mm in diameter to create its effect. Acupressure is more effective when it is carried out using blunt needle which is considerably more painful than acupuncture carried out for same ailment. With advent of sophisticated and painless means of therapy like lasers and ultrasound, role of acupressure in therapy has diminished.