Just over a year ago, I injured a muscle in my back while training jiu-jitsu. For the first week, the pain was constant and intense. For several weeks after that, it was intermittent, but still quite acute. And then finally, the pain subsided to the point where I did not think of it almost constantly. But it was still there, chronic and aching.
I knew there was little I could do, except give it time to heal. But what happened next, caused me concern. Not only did I continue to feel pain in my back and shoulder where the injury was, but my forearm and hand started to tingle. It felt like pinpricks and electrical impulses traveling down my arm from the point of my injury.
A friend suggested that I try acupuncture. I had done enough research to know that acupuncture has been proven effective in many circumstances. So, I was not a full-blown skeptic. At the same time, I did not expect it to work. But I had nothing to lose, so I scheduled an appointment.
What I experienced was immediate relief. As the session progressed, I could literally feel the electrical impulses and tingling in my hand and arm diminish and then disappear. I wish I could say the same for the muscle injury in my back. That pain slowly subsided over a period of a few months. But the annoying and disruptive feeling of having an arm that was constantly “asleep” went away immediately.
I don’t know exactly why this treatment worked for me. I just know that it worked. So when Total Health Breakthroughs contributor, Laura Devlin submitted the following article, I wanted you to see it. But Laura isn’t talking about acupuncture (using needles), she is talking about acupressure – a simple self-treatment that requires only your hands.
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Drug Free Pain Relief Is Only a Touch Away
By Laura Devlin
An estimated 70 million Americans are affected by chronic pain.
If you are one of them, you know that it can interfere with every aspect of your life. It can cause you to become irritable and create trouble in your relationships. It saps your energy and steals productivity. And, even worse, chronic pain contributes to a host of secondary problems. Depression, insomnia and anxiety, can all result from pain and are health risks in their own right.
The unfortunate thing is that most people with pain don’t know about a simple ancient system that might be able to relieve it without drugs of any type.
I stumbled across this powerful system by accident. What was so amazing to me is that I could do it almost anywhere anytime. Let me explain how I got started.
Some years ago, I was someone that was in pain. I used to get terrible headaches and I had back and knee pain. In fact, my back problems were probably caused by favoring my painful knee (another example of those secondary problems).
For some unknown reason, I was drawn to martial arts. I began to train under a grandmaster. And while the physical exercise helped, it was when my teacher exposed me to another ancient art that my life really changed.
He introduced me to acupressure. The practice is similar to acupuncture, but doesn’t require any needles. That’s why anyone can do it anywhere, because the only equipment you need are your own fingers.
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The ancient Chinese discovered these points on the body that held extraordinary healing power when stimulated. Traditionally, Asian cultures conceived of the points as junctures of special pathways. These pathways carried the human energy that the Chinese call chi and the Japanese call ki.
Most western medical professionals used to discount this healing art. But as its popularity grew, more studies were done. Western scientists discovered that besides these spiritual explanations, there were scientific explanations as to why acupressure seemed to work.
The acupressure points are places on the skin that are especially sensitive to bioelectrical impulses. These points conduct those impulses readily. With the aid of highly sensitive electrical devices, scientists have actually mapped and proven the existence of this system of body points.
Stimulating these points with pressure, needles, or heat can trigger the release of endorphins – neurotransmitters that relieve pain and induce euphoria. As a result, pain is blocked and the flow of blood and oxygen to the affected area is increased. This can cause the muscles to relax and promotes healing.
Besides relieving pain, acupressure can help rebalance the body by dissolving tension in certain areas. Tension seems to concentrate around acupressure points. For example, when a muscle is chronically tense or in spasm, the muscle fibers contract due to the secretion of lactic acid. This can be caused by fatigue, trauma, stress, chemical imbalances, or poor circulation.
As a point is pressed, the muscle tension yields to the finger pressure, enabling the fibers to elongate and relax, blood to flow freely, and toxins to be released and eliminated.
Also, increased circulation brings more oxygen and other nutrients to affected areas. This increases the body’s resistance to illness and increases the chances for a longer, healthier, more vital life.
If you’ve been suffering from pain and tension here are a couple acupressure tips you can try:
For headaches and muscle or joint pain, press the fleshy part of your hand between your thumb and index finger. Hold for this for one minute, then, repeat on the other hand.
For low-back pain, lie on your back, with your feet elevated on a sofa or chair. Place two tennis balls under your lower back on either side of your spine. Stay in this position for one minute or sooner if it becomes uncomfortable.
For knee pain, put a tennis ball on a pillow, then, place your leg over it so the ball is pushing into the crease behind your knee. With you leg in this position, find the sensitive spot just below your kneecap and slightly to the outside of the shinbone. Press into it gently with your fingertips for about one minute.
With acupressure, there is little to lose, except possibly your pain. I encourage you to give it a try. It certainly changed my life.
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