While exercise is great for preventing gout, it is not the best treatment for gout attacks. This doesn’t mean you have to resort to medication to relieve your pain and discomfort. You may be interested in other, complementary remedies that you can try first. Acupressure is one such complementary therapy. What is acupressure? Acupressure, also known by the Shiatsu massage, an ancient form Chinese medicine, is based on the same principles that acupuncture. The belief is that there are approximately 2000 trigger points in the body that are connected through 20 meridians.
Qi (life energy), flows through the meridians, connecting the body’s surface and its internal organs. Qi has unique effects on all trigger points through which it flows, bringing balance to the mind as well as the body. Qi can become unbalanced when the body is injured or sick.
Acupressure can be used to stimulate the nervous system and release muscle tension. Balance is restored. The application is what makes acupuncture and Acupressure different. Acupuncture uses needles while acupressure uses thumbs or fingers to apply pressure to trigger points to promote circulation and self-healing.
What are the benefits of Acupressure for Gout Patients? Many sufferers of gout experience relief from their pain due to inflammation of the gout-infected joint. How to do acupressure? – Acupressure can be performed by applying firm, but gentle pressure to a trigger point using the thumb, finger, or knuckle. The pressure is typically applied for between 15 and 30 seconds. The trigger point will be identified by a sharp jolt followed immediately by a tingling sensation or numbing sensation. This sensation is normal and usually decreases over time. There is often immediate pain relief when pressure is released.
Acupressure does not require any equipment, oils, or other treatments. It is possible to use acupressure to treat yourself and others. However, it is not a treatment that requires any equipment or oils. There are many online resources and self-help guides that will help you learn how to do acupressure. However, it is important that you seek the guidance and treatment of a qualified acupressure therapist before you attempt to do acupressure on yourself. A diagram may show you all the acupressure trigger points on your body, but not all points will help you with gout pain or discomfort.
Each illness has its own trigger points, which need to be targeted depending on the specific symptoms and where they are occurring. You may not need to address all trigger points depending on where your gout pain is occurring. Ask your doctor, a physical therapist, the hospital or the yellow pages to find a qualified acupressure therapist in your area. You can also search online using the keywords “acupressure therapist”, your city name, and “acupressure therapist”.