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Basic Acupressure Techniques
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
  • Locate the pressure point(s) from the illustrations that have been provided.
  • Go to the designated areas and feel for the tender point.
  • Use the corner of your thumb pad for rotating procedures or the entire pad to apply direct pressure. Also, fingers and knuckles can be used to apply direct pressure. You can tap on points using the index finger, instead of applying direct pressure, or you can knead muscle areas as if kneading dough.
  • Use a slow, steady movement.
  • Work the pressure points on both the right and the left corresponding positions, when applicable.
  • Each pressure point treatment should last from ten to thirty seconds. Repeat the procedure five times.
  • If the problem is acute (quick onset, short term), you can massage these points two to three times a day until symptoms subside.
  • If it is a chronic problem, you can treat it once a day for a longer period of time for relief of pain or for respiratory or nervous disorders.
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