Acupressure uses massage and pressure to stimulate acupuncture points instead of needling as in acupuncture. This are usually stimulated with finger or palm pressure, or with vaccaria acupressure pads - very small plasters applied to specific acupuncture points in the ear or in the body.
Because acupressure doesn't use needles, it's a great alternative for children, those who are not suited to needling or those who need additional stimulation of acupressure points in between acupuncture treatments.
In our clinical experience, acupressure can be beneficial for symptoms such as:
- Tension-type headaches
- Preparation for labour and during labour for pain relief and progression of labour
- Sinus problems and rhinitis
- Nausea and vomiting such as in pregnancy, motion sickness or chemotherapy-related
- Sleeplessness and anxiety disorders
For expectant parents who are interested in finding out more about using acupressure in preparation for and during labour, many of our patients have found this Guide to Acupressure extremely helpful. This has been prepared by Debra Betts, a nurse and acupuncturist in New Zealand who has taught these techniques to patients and birth partners as well as midwives.