Acupressure (from the Latin “acus”, meaning “needle”, + pressure) originates from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is used in both alternative and complementary medicine in a similar way, and with similar principles to Acupuncture. It is based on the concept of life energy, which flows through “meridians” (‘pathways’ along which vital energy flows) in the body.
In treatment, physical pressure is applied to trigger points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. Pressure may be applied by hand, by elbow, or with various devices. The same points on the body are used as in acupuncture, but are stimulated with pressure instead of with the insertion of needles.
Electro-Acupressure is a more specific and non-invasive form of this technique, using mini electrical pulses on the stimulation, or ‘trigger’ points for short periods of time. This principle is inoffensive and can be freely used without medical advice, and may help to relieve a large variety of symptoms and pain.
Essentially, despite its traditional roots, Electro-Acupressure has become a popular and proven 21st Century medicine.