Maybe you’ve heard of acupressure or even tried it a time or two in the past. But do you know what it is and what pressure points are most used? Acupressure has been practiced for thousands of years and helps treat pain, illness, and other mental and physical issues in the human body. Acupressure involves stimulating specific areas of the body to relax the muscles. It can be done regularly to prevent symptoms of illness and improve the way the body operates.

How to Perform Acupressure

There are a few things to keep in mind when getting started with acupressure. These include:

  • Firm and deep pressure should be used with stimulating or massaging any pressure point.
  • You can practice acupressure on yourself or apply the same techniques to other people in your life.
  • It’s best to use acupressure in a comfortable location while your eyes are closed and you are breathing deeply.
  • The massages can be done multiple times throughout the day to get the results that you want.

The Most Common Acupressure Points

There are tons of pressure points, but a few of them are used much more frequently than others. If you’re looking for somewhere to start with using acupressure techniques, these are a good place to start. We’ll explain what each is used for and how to find it.

Zu San Li (ST36)

This point is used for knee pain, fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, and depression. It’s located on the outer side of the leg right below the knee. Many people use tools like Q-Flex to stimulate this area for better overall health.

Feng Chi (GB20)

Feng Chi is used for cold and flu symptoms, headaches, low energy, migraine, fatigue, and blurriness of the eyes. You’ll find it near the ear bone at the area where the skull connects to the neck muscles.

San Yin Jiao (SP6)

This point is located just above the ankle on the inside of the leg. It is a pressure point that can help relieve insomnia and fatigue and alleviate pelvic and urological disorders.

Jian Jing (GB21)

You can find this acupressure point by using your middle finger and thumb to pinch your shoulder muscle. This is most often used for facial pain, toothaches, neck pain, stress, and headaches. However, it should not be used for people who are pregnant.

Nei Guan (P6)

This area is found below the wrist in between the tendons in the inner forearm. It is used for all sorts of ailments including headaches, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, upset stomach, and motion sickness.

He Gu (LI4)

This is another pressure point that should be avoided by anyone who is pregnant. It’s found at the top of the muscle when the index finger and thumb are next to each other. It can be manipulated for neck pain, stress, facial pain, toothaches, and headaches.

Acupressure for Top Health

If you’re new to acupressure, these points offer a great starting point. You can also use tools like the Q-Flex to get to hard-to-reach areas much easier. As you get more experienced and comfortable with the techniques, try out other pressure points to feel healthier and happier every day!

 

Sources:

https://exploreim.ucla.edu/self-care/acupressure-and-common-acupressure-points/

https://chwbonline.com/10-great-acupuncture-points-to-use-everyday/

https://acuproacademy.com/used-acupuncture-points-clinical-practice/

 

 

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