Manage Pain Effectively with THESE 7 Pressure Points
Acupuncture and Reflexology were discovered more than 5,000 years ago by the Chinese. It was found that pressing certain point on the body can relieved pain and benefit other, unrelated parts of the body. Further studies revealed these pressure points not only relieved pain but increased the functioning of certain vital organs. For these reasons, the Chinese have practiced Acupuncture and related techniques for thousands of years to keep themselves healthy and happy.
The irony is that many people already subconsciously practice acupuncture. You may not notice when you rub or apply pressure to certain points on your wrist or hand, but you are most likely engaging in a form of acupressure relief. It does not have to be a conscious decision; the body recognizing the positive side effects of that pressure and so it encourages it. In fact, the science of acupuncture really developed as a way to study why doing these things naturally make people feel better. With the Chinese science to back it up, acupuncture is now a official and well-studied method for this kind of stress and pain relief. There are now opportunities to learn how to fully engage in acupuncture methods. By learning the following 7 pressure points of the hand, you can too learn how to relieve stress, release tension, and improve your health:
1. Base of Thumb Point
Locate this acupressure point just at the base of the thumb and wrist. Apply firm pressure with the thumb of the other hand. Stimulating this point helps with breathing problems and gives relief from coughing.
2. Hand Valley Point
The “Hand Valley Point” is located between the thumb and the pointer finger. Putting pressure on this area helps considerably with stress, migraines, headaches, and shoulder tension. It is also known to assist with toothache, neck pain, constipation, and removing excess heat from the body.
3. Inner Gate Point
This point is located on the wrist, about 3 cm from the crease in it. Locate the point, then use the thumb to massage it. Apply firm pressure for some time. This pressure point is known for treating nausea and even other factors such as indigestion issues, stomach and abdominal pain, menstrual cramps, and anxiety.
4. Wrist Point 1
On the wrist, there is a point just below the hand on the side of the little finger. Applying firm pressure to this point for a length of time will stimulate it and help alleviate stress. This stress relief is key for improving one’s emotional state.
5. Thumb Nail Point
This acupressure point can be located on the outside lower corner of the nail. If locating on the right thumbnail, it will be on the lower left side. Once this point is located, apply pressure or massage the point for some time to stimulate it. This point is known to help relieve negative emotions and even suppress fatigue.
6. Finger Tips
There are several sinus pressure points located on the finger tips. Activate these points by pressing the tips one at a time on both hands. These points are similar to the points on the toes and increase circulation which can help drain sinuses and relieve pressure.
7. Finger Nails
Similarly to the finger tip pressure points, all finger nails have pressure points beside them. Pressing these points gently and one at a time will increase circulation. This circulation also assists with sinuses and sinus pressure as well as other symptoms from colds and sore throats related to this part of the body.
Acupuncture is particularly useful as a tool for pain control. By pressing these points and many more, not only can various types of pain be controlled but also anti-inflammatory effects can be triggered. For pressure points in the hand, one of the positive effects of anti-inflammatory responses is a reduction in pain from things like carpal tunnel. The neuromuscular effects of acupuncture are also capable of relieving stress and tension in aggravated tendons and muscles in areas like the forearm, neck, upper back, and postural areas. Learn more about acupuncture points to see what you could be doing for your body – and even to learn about the points you are already subconsciously engaging for stress and pain relief.