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     An estimated 70 million Americans are affected by chronic pain.

     This pain interferes with every part of their lives.  Whether it’s work, travel, home, and hobbies, pain just really takes the wind out of the sails. And, even worse, chronic pain contributes to a host of secondary problems, such as depression, insomnia, irritability, and anxiety, which are themselves health risks.

The unfortunate thing is that the majority of these people don’t know about a simple ancient system that might be able to relieve their pain 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.

Back some years ago, I was someone that was in pain.  I used to get terrible headaches and I had back and knee problems.

For some unknown reason I was drawn to martial arts and began to train under a grandmaster.  The physical exercise helped, but it was when my teacher exposed me to this other ancient art that my life really changed.

He introduced me to acupressure.  It is similar to acupuncture but doesn’t require any needles.  That’s why anyone can do it anywhere because the only equipment needed is your own fingers.

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 that carried the human energy that the Chinese call chi and the Japanese call ki.

That is why most western medical professionals used to discount this healing art.  But, over time as it’s popularity grew more studies were done and 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 in the body and conduct those impulses readily. Scientists have actually mapped out and proven the existence of this system of body points by using sensitive electrical devices.

Stimulating these points with pressure, needles, or heat triggers the release of endorphins, which are the neurochemicals that relieve pain. As a result, pain is blocked and the flow of blood and oxygen to the affected area is increased. This causes the muscles to relax and promotes healing.

Besides relieving pain, acupressure can help rebalance the body by dissolving tensions and stresses that keep it from functioning smoothly and that inhibit the immune system.

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 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. 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.

Give one or all three a try… you’ll be glad you did!
Laura Devlin
Contributing Writer

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