Acupressure is the treatment of Acupuncture points and meridians with finger pressure or massage. When these points are treated with sound or laser, the practice is known as sonopuncture and laserpuncture. It is also known as G-Jo and Shiatsu. Other types of acupressure are Jin Shin Do that uses only selected meridians, Do-In - which is self- administered, and Tui Na that employs wider variety of massage techniques. In the West therapies such as Reflexology and Zone Therapy are more recent developments that make use of pressure points on the hands and feet. Needles were were not usually used with babies and small children, and in such cases traditional Chinese acupuncturists employed acupressure.
Acupressure can be used to relieve pain in sudden emergencies, and to treat very common ailments such as toothache, insomnia and diarrhoea. It can be used as a type of self-help; the pressure points can be massaged by the patient without the need for a practitioner. Psychological problems such as depression and stress are also susceptible to treatment with acupressure. In California in the US, some practitioners began using acupressure as an effective means of relaxing children at school. The technique was also used with children with learning difficulties and their learning ability subsequently improved. Teachers from all over the USA are now trained in the use of these techniques.
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