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We all know that acupressure has been around for about 5,000 years and those of us who are dedicated to holistic wellness remain convinced that the procedures included in this sphere are more effective than physical therapy. Every living being has a life force, or energy, called qi or chi (pronounced “chee”). When this energy, which runs along the meridians, is in balance and flows freely, the body is in a state of health. Acupuncture points tap into the body’s major energy pathways

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When this energy is blocked or deficient, illness can result. These power outages are often the result of stress or injury. Acupressure is believed to cause the brain to release endorphins. Endorphins play an important role in immune function, pain relief, stress reduction, and slowing down the aging process.

Low back pain has long been the bathroom of the modern world, not only in lost working hours, but also due to the many side effects, complications and nuances of low back pain discomfort. Additional studies now confirm the benefits of acupressure over physical therapy. Although the studies did not take into account functional status and disability as recommended

For most low back pain researchers, the results are still very significant and relevant. A randomized controlled trial was conducted in February 2006 at the National Taiwan University in Taipei.

129 patients with chronic low back pain received acupressure or physical therapy for 1 month. The primary endpoints were the self-administered Chinese versions of the standard outcomes for low back pain (Roland and Morris Disability Questionnaire) at baseline, post-treatment, and at 6-month follow-up. After treatment, the Roland and Morris disability questionnaire total mean score was significantly lower in the acupressure group than in the physical therapy group, regardless of the difference in absolute score or mean change from baseline.

Compared with physical therapy, acupressure was associated with an 89% reduction in significant disability, and that improvement was maintained at 6-month follow-up. Study limitations include a confounding psychological effect of therapy; 15.5% of patients lost to follow-up at 6 months and the efficacy of any manipulative therapy depends on the technique and experience of the therapist.

The participants were between 18 and 81 years old. Exclusion criteria were pregnancy and contraindication for acupressure. 64 patients were randomized to acupressure and 65 to physical therapy. The results, inconclusive or inconclusive, still point towards the positive and undeniable aspects of acupressure and holistic healing.

On a lighter note, acupressure has also been cited as a new aid for sleepy students. 39 student volunteers found that those who were taught to self-administer acupressure to stimulation points on their legs, feet, hands, and heads were less likely to doze off during class. Acupressure consisted of tapping with the fingers or using the thumbs or index fingers to lightly massage the stimulation points. It was recognized that more studies are needed regarding acupressure and the effect on human alertness.

Looking further at the positives, this self-administered acupressure could also be a consideration for ADHD kids against Ritalin!

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