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For sensitive individuals, infants, the elderly or those who are weak or frail, only very light stimulation is required. Acupressure is either applied in a sustained way or intermittently by locating the point, applying pressure, releasing, relaxing and repeating the sequence several times. Additional stimulation can also be given by applying gentle, small massage rotations to the point. Never force the pressure or strain the muscles, as this will lead to aching and tension in the hands, wrists and shoulders.
However, acupressure is not a substitute for medical treatment in the case of serious illness, so if your symptoms persist or you are unsure what is causing them, you should always seek medical advice. If you are in poor health, or have a chronic health problem, acupressure can be used in conjunction with whatever treatment you are currently receiving to assist the body in gradually restoring its natural healing mechanisms and good health. DISCOVERING ACUPOINTS AND THEIR EFFECTIVENESS Many years ago, before I had even heard of acupuncture or trained as an acupuncturist myself, I suffered from very bad low back pain.
A strong sensation is usually a sign of excess or over-function while little, or no, sensation signifies deficiency and weakness. Excess conditions usually involve pain, swelling, inflammation or acute symptoms. Deficient conditions are characterized by fatigue, weakness, aching and long-standing illness. The causes of excess or deficient conditions may be poor diet, faulty posture, stress, mental anxiety or faulty life-style habits, including overwork and lack of exercise and sleep. Acupressure can help to restore balance by regulating the flow of vital energy in the body and improving internal organ function.