Our tissues communicate through pathways that lie outside of the nervous system. Many forms of care that address the body through these pathways have their roots in Chinese Medicine. Dr. Smith uses Acupressure in Noe Valley as part of many of his treatments.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
~ Albert Einstein
Acupressure Noe Valley
Acupressure is a therapy that was developed over 5,000 years ago. It is an important aspect of Asian, especially Chinese, medicine. Acupressure uses precise finger placements and pressure over specific points along the body. These points follow specific channels, known as meridians. These are the same channels used in acupuncture.
According to Asian medical philosophy, the activation of these points with pressure (or needles) improves blood flow, releases tension, and enhances or unblocks life-energy. This life energy is known in China as “qi” and is often referred to as “chi” in the West. This released energy flows through the meridians promoting relaxation, healing and restoring proper function.
Meridians are not typically recognized in Western medical models. However, recent “discoveries” involving fascia and the inter-connectedness of different systems (organs, muscles, etc.) is spurring research into the matter. Also, as Western medicine moves in a more Holistic direction, meridians are beginning to get more consideration.
What Conditions Respond to Acupressure?
Acupressure therapy relieves pain, reduces tension in muscles and fascia, improves circulation, and promotes deep states of relaxation. It is often done by massage therapists and other body workers, but it can also be learned as a technique to be done on oneself.
Individuals can be treated and then trained in various self-care applications and pressure-point formulas for specific conditions. These conditions often include nausea and vomiting, motion sickness, headaches, neck and back pain, as well as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, mental and emotional stress, even addiction recovery and learning disorders.
For centuries, the Chinese have used acupressure points as a beauty treatment to enhance muscle tone and increase circulation, especially of facial muscles. This can reportedly improve the condition and appearance of the skin, lessening wrinkles and sagging of the face without drugs or surgery. Most of the evidence for such uses is anecdotal and clinical trials are needed to confirm this.