Definition - What does Acupressure mean?
Acupressure, within the context of employee wellness, is an alternative medicine technique based on the same ancient principles of acupuncture. Acupressure principles rely on the concept that energy flows through the body in "meridians". Acupressure practitioners apply physical pressure (rather than puncturing the skin with needles) to acupuncture points in the body for treatment with the hand, elbow, or various other devices aiming to clear the blockages in the referred meridians.
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Acupressure, unlike acupuncture, does not use needles but rather gentle or firm pressure on the body of the patient. Acupressure points, when stimulated, promote circulation of blood, release muscular tension, and is believed to promote the body's self-healing force.
Applications of acupressure include pain relief, body energy balancing, body detoxification and maintaining good health overall. In stress treatment, acupressure is believed to promote wellness, treat chronic fatigue, mental stress, trauma, emotional imbalances, and strengthen the body's resistance to disease. Acupressure is considered part of holistic medicine practices.