I frequently get asked what the difference is between acupuncture and acupressure, and the simple answer is that they are quite similar sharing the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), except with acupressure, I am using my hands (or knuckles and elbows) instead of needles on patients.
Acupressure is a form of massage on trigger points found on acupuncture channels or local points on muscles and connective tissue. This is to stimulate the flow of energy (Qi) where it is congested causing pain, tension or stiffness in a local (or distal) area for example.
Points such as Gallbladder 20 are pressed and massaged to promote the relief of neck tension as well as a physiological response to reduce itching, headaches, reduce stress and ringing in the ears. A fantastic point!
Choosing the right points requires the practitioner to take an assessment of the patient’s physical health as well as emotional well-being and lifestyle.