The world today is awake for twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and the lifestyle is very hectic. It’s no surprise that many people suffer from chronic stress due to all the tight schedules and upcoming deadlines. The effect of stress on the body may not be easily identifiable but eventually, you’ll find that many of the symptoms you experience that persists for a long time is caused by stress. Stress may actually be the culprit for all the back pains, headaches, and other bodily pains, not to mention the frequent occurrence of the symptoms of flu, that you experience. Stress weakens your body’s immune system and makes you more prone to disease. Instead of immediately reaching for that pill of painkiller, why not try a more natural approach at easing the symptoms of stress? Acupressure and reflexology has long been used to treat various bodily aches and also for curing different kinds of diseases. Here are some acupressure points you can try out for treating common body pains.
The most popular acupressure point is the Hand Valley. It is situated in the active place right between the thumb and the index finger. The reason why it is so popular is because applying pressure on this spot can treat a variety of problems in the human body.
To use: Using your thumb and index finger, press on the webbing between the thumb and index finger of your other hand.
Treats: The Hand Valley acupressure point can reduce various bodily pains including neck pain, migraine, toothache, and headache. It can offer relief from shoulder tension, constipation, stress, and congestion as well.
One of the best uses for the Great Abyss pressure point is to regulate the flow and the balance of the lung qi. This makes the pressure point especially helpful if you’re feeling the symptoms of flu. It is best to apply pressure on the Great Abyss on both arms but it is not necessary.
To use: Using your thumb, apply pressure on the crease made by your wrist on your hand with the palm side up. The Great Abyss pressure point is situated right below the thumb.
Treats: The Great Abyss pressure point can help open up your chest, thereby decreasing the amount of excess phlegm from your lungs. It can efficiently offer relief for ankle pain as well.
P6 or Pericardium6
The P6 acupressure point offers relief for wrist pain, which is most commonly experienced by people who work in front of the computer all day. Wrist pain can be caused by repetitive strain injury or RSI as an effect of using the mouse or the keyboard without proper elevation.
To use: The P6 acupressure point is situated at the center of the inner side of the forearm. Place two of your fingers right below the crease of your wrist and the point at the center right next to that is the P6.
Treats: Applying pressure on the P6 of both arms using fingertips can offer relief for wrist pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. The pressure point can treat nausea, motion sickness, headaches, digestive disorders, and morning sickness as well.
Wrist Point 1
The Wrist Point 1 acupressure point is great for those who want to rely on self-treatment since this acupressure technique can work efficiently even if you’re just using one arm.
To use: Trace a line down your little finger. Stop at the point right beneath the crease of your wrist. This is the Wrist Point 1 and you can stimulate it by pressing on the point using the thumb of your other arm.
Treats: The Wrist Point 1 is most commonly used to relieve stress. Apply pressure on the acupressure point for a few minutes every day in order to heal stress. Doing so will boost your emotional state as well and eventually lead to less body aches and pains.