Dr. Michael Minond
New York City Chiropractor
Holistic Wellness through Advanced Chiropractic and Nutritional Care
Acupressure Treatment for Pain Relief and Wellness
Acupressure therapy is one of the oldest forms of treatment. It was designed thousands of years ago by the ancient Chinese. Today, it is considered part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM. It was brought to the Western world a few hundred years ago and is still proven to work today.
What is Acupressure?
I often have clients who ask me, "What is Acupressure?" I explain to them that it is an ancient Chinese medicine that is based on the applying of pressure to various parts of the body to treat symptomatic complaints. I do it by using my fingers and applying gentle, firm pressure to the various pressure points within meridians of your body. Each meridian of your body corresponds to a specific organ or area.
By applying pressure to the correct points, I can treat and relieve symptoms you may be suffering from. If you have ever rubbed your temples with your fingers when experiencing a migraine headache or if you have ever rubbed the bridge of your nose when you felt sinus pain and pressure, then you have used acupressure without realizing.
Acupressure vs. Acupuncture
The biggest difference between acupressure vs. acupuncture is that the art of acupuncture involves the use of extremely thin, long needles that are inserted between the skin and the muscle of the various pressure points. Acupressure does not involve the breaking of the skin, but instead relies on pressure applied by the fingers, hands, and elbows.
In acupuncture, the patient needs to get undressed prior to treatment, while acupressure can be performed on a dressed person. Both forms of treatment are based on touching and locating the "chi" or energy that flows through the meridians of the body. Acupressure has been used longer than acupuncture.
Acupressure for Weight Loss
The popularity of using acupressure for weight loss has increased dramatically in the last few years because it works. Acupressure for weight loss centers on controlling the appetite, increasing metabolism, and improving the digestion process. Acupressure is also used to reduce the depression often found in overweight people and to provide them with more energy.
Acupressure therapists believe that negative energy, such as depression or stress, acts badly on the body causing the appetite to increase and the metabolism to slow. By massaging the pressure points associated with weight loss on the body, a dieter is more likely to feel energized and healthy and is more likely to follow a healthy diet and lose weight.
Acupressure for the Sinus Pain Relief
The cold virus thrives in your mucous membranes. When you are stressed, run-down, or tired, your body weakens, making your mucous membranes the perfect breeding ground for a cold. Sinus pain and pressure are a sign your body is attempting to defend itself against the virus. Your body produces more mucous in an effort to flush the virus from your body.
Acupressure for the sinus pain relief works the pressure points responsible for the production of mucous. It also works on raising your body's resistance to future viruses and stimulates your body into expelling the current virus more rapidly.
Acupressure for Nausea Relief
Acupressure for nausea is not just used when you have an upset stomach. People use acupressure for nausea relief when they have to fly on airplanes, go out on a boat, for stomach illnesses, and yes, even for hangover relief. There are pressure points on the wrist that work to control feelings of nausea. These points control the stomach and the acid production within the stomach.
They also work to control the balance within the inner ear which can lead to nausea when flying or when taking long car trips. Acupressure for nausea relief can be done by you and in fact, this is one of the first acupressure points I teach my patients. It can also provide relief for people suffering from Tinnitus.
Acupressure for Relief of Headaches and Migraines
Acupressure for relief of headaches and migraines works because it eases muscle tension and releases endorphins necessary to fight off headaches. It gets rid of the stress and toxins that can lead to stress, migraine, or tension headaches. Researchers have found that acupressure works better on headache relief than most OTC medications.
Acupressure for relief of headaches and migraines is another form of acupressure that can be self-done. It is available whenever needed and there are no side effects. Pressure points on the scalp, temples, neck, back of head, and base of skull are firmly massaged until relief from the headache is attained. I would be happy to show you some techniques you can use at home, when you are experiencing discomfort.
The acupressure mat works by applying acupressure to points over the body. The mats contain inflexible "spines" that stimulate the body into producing endorphins, which act as natural pain killers, and oxytocin, the body's own "good-feeling" hormone.
These endorphins and oxytocin hormones battle the production of cortisol within the body. Cortisol is the stress hormone that is released by the body. Cortisol is also the hormone that slows down the body's immune response and stores fat within the body.
"I am a businessman who has to fly out of the airport almost daily. I have a problem with flying because I tend to get airsick. It is very embarrassing to get sick in front of your co-workers.
I made an appointment with Dr. Minond because I was suffering from "golf elbow." He and I were discussing my upcoming business trip and I told him about my problem.
He gently laughed and said he could help me with my problem. He explained about acupressure and showed me how to use it on myself when flying.
The next day, I used it whenever I felt nauseous. It worked so well that I never get sick while flying anymore.
I have even used this method of therapy when I have gotten an upset stomach and it works every time."
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I have been performing succesful acupressure therapy for years. Acupressure, when used on its own can help with relief of headaches, sinus pain and pressure, nausea, high blood pressure, and insomnia.
When combined with chiropractic treatment, acupressure therapy can stabilize adjustments and restore energy, in addition to promoting a more rapid healing rate. Acupressure treatments have been around longer than "modern medicine."
Dr. Michael Minond
126 Washington Place
New York, NY 10014
Acupressure New York City
New York City Acupressure
Dr. Michael Minond
West Village, Manhattan NY 10014
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This page was last updated: August 20, 2013