Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique similar to massage and acupuncture. It is based on the concept of blood and energy flows in the body. In treatment, physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points with the aim of clearing blockages in body meridians. Pressure may be applied by hand, elbow or with various devices.
Medical studies have suggested that acupressure may be effective at helping manage blood flow, nausea and vomiting, for helping lower back pain, tension, headaches, stomach ache, among other things…
Acupoints used in treatment may or may not be in the same area of the body as the targeted symptom. The traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory for the selection of such points and their effectiveness is that they work by stimulating the meridian system to bring about relief by rebalancing yin, yang and qi (also spelt "chi").
Many East Asian martial arts also make extensive studies and use of acupressure for self-defence and health purposes, (chin na, tui na). The points or combinations of points are said to be used to manipulate or incapacitate an opponent. Also, martial artists regularly massage their own acupressure points in routines to remove supposed blockages from their own meridians, claiming to thereby enhance their circulation and flexibility and keeping the points "soft" or less vulnerable to an attack.
A 2011 systematic review of acupressure's effectiveness at treating symptoms found that 35 out of 43 randomized controlled trials had concluded that acupressure was effective at treating certain symptoms.
A 2011 Cochrane review of four trials using acupuncture and nine studies using acupressure to control pain in childbirth concluded that "acupuncture or acupressure did help relieve pain during labour, but more research was needed".
Another Cochrane Collaboration review found that massage provided some long-term benefit for low back pain, and stated: It seems that acupressure or pressure point massage techniques provide more relief than classic (Swedish) massage, although more research was needed to confirm this.
There are several different instruments for applying nonspecific pressure by rubbing, rolling, or applying pressure on the reflex zones of the body. The Acuball is a small ball made of rubber with protuberances that is heatable. It is used to apply pressure and relieve muscle and joint pain. The Energy Roller is a small cylinder with protuberances. It is held between the hands and rolled back and forth to apply acupressure. The Acupressure Insole (also "Krupa chakra") is a silicone insole with built-in pressure points. It is placed inside the shoe and acts as a pressure/massaging mat. The spine roller is a bumpy roller containing magnets that are rolled up and down the spine.
The Acupressure Insole also uses reflexology. Reflexology is the practice that correlates areas of your feet to other parts of the body. Your brain, for instance, is related to your big toe. One part all researches agree on is that massage does lower stress hormones in our bodies.
If her feet are pretty, don't pull out. - Will Smith