The technique of pressure Acupuncture
The term pressure acupuncture is virtually self explanatory site. Sometimes both pressure and massage are advisable. However, pressure can be used without massage but not vice versa.
The first question is what is the acupuncture site? The answer is it is a small nerve that is most often embedded in or near a muscle or tendon sheath which serves to attach a muscle to a bone. Therefore, it can be anywhere from one quarter inch to two or three inches below the skin. It somehow is hooked up to other acupuncture sites.
Now its obvious that the site that appear from one quarter inch to several inches below the surface will require different pressure techniques. It is also obvious that the sites closest to the surface can respond to pressure and massage easier than the deep ones. Fortunately most of the points we will be dealing with are relatively close to the surface.
A second thing to note is that the acupuncture site is a circle about one centimeter or three eight of an inch in the diameter. Therefore, one must press and massage an area quite specify in location. Locations will be shown in details
Frequently there will be a measured distance from an easy-to-find, prominent anatomical part. Since each person has his own body symmetry, a unit of measurement such as an inch can cause gross inaccuracies in locating a point three eight of an inch in diameter. The Chinese found a solution for this by picking a part of the human body that was closely proportional to the individual’s general anatomy. They called this measurement a “tsun”---- the distance between the two points of the middle point of the middle finger when the middle finger is completely bent.
Fig 1 Since this measurement is somewhat awkward to utilize, an approximately comparative unit is the breadth to be approximately four fingerbreadths.
See Fig 2 approximate equivalents of fingerbreadths and tsun showing where to measure fingerbreadths.
Thirdly, the pressing of the acupuncture site should be directly over it, and any massaging so the site should be by rotating the finger in a narrow circle over the site while maintaining firm pressure. As a general rule the acupuncture site is tenderer than the immediate surrounding area. The feeling of relief that one gets by rubbing a just injured part of the body is largely due to the pressure against the acupuncture sites in the region of the injury.
Thursday, October 4, 2007