A closer look at Acupressure

Acupressure is one of the better known Complimentary medicines and it treats the body as an energy system. By identifying and releasing blocked or congested energy centres known as acupoints, acupressure works to relieve individual symptoms.

Physical pain is viewed as being caused by the blockage of the acupoints or the meridians that they are found on. Any congestion on either of these can also effect an individual’s emotions. Practitioners believe that Acupressure can also be used to treat people on a spiritual level.

Acupressure is not a substitute for traditional medical care but it can work alongside it to help relieve symptoms.

What are Meridians?

Acupoints are found on energy pathways within the body and these pathways are known as Meridians. In the same way that acupuncture looks at energy pathways, the condition of the meridians is seen to be central to all treatments.

What happens when you have an Acupressure treatment?

Your practitioner will apply deep but gentle finger pressure on specific acupoints that are linked to the condition you are being treated for. This is like having Acupuncture without the use of needles and without any intrusion into the body.

This action works on the “blocked energy centres” and starts to release the energy and help to alleviate the symptoms. Patients find the gently pressure to be quite pleasant. Some people also find it allows the body and mind to relax.

What can Acupressure be effective for?

Stress relief • headaches • migraines • neck pain • shoulder pain • general aches and pains • menstrual problems • anxiety • nausea • allergies • insomnia • chronic conditions • eye strain • back strain • PMS • salt imbalances • Fatigue and tiredness.

*Information sourced from The Complementary Medical Association (The CMA). They are a not-for- profit organisation. Their primary aim is to promote ethical, responsible and professional complementary medicine to the public and medical profession.

Is Acupressure available via your Health Insurance?

Your private medical insurance would not cover you for Acupressure. If you have a cash plan in place, you may have access to cash back for therapies of this type. It is important to check that your therapist has the right qualifications because this will be important when you make your claim. If the therapist is not not registered with the appropriate governing body then you may not be able to claim.

If you would like to know more about health Cash Plans or Private Medical Insurance for yourself or your business, please contact us on 01245 929129 or via enquiries@smphealthcare.com where one of our team will be happy to help you find a policy that suits your specific individual needs.