What is Acupressure?

John Miller Physiotherapist

Article by John Miller


Your Guide to Natural Pain Relief and Healing


What is Acupressure?

Acupressure, an ancient healing technique, uses finger pressure to stimulate acupuncture points. Unlike acupuncture, it doesn’t involve needles. This method targets meridians, channels in the body where energy flows. By applying pressure, acupressure aims to balance energy flow, offering relief from various conditions.

The Benefits of Acupressure

Acupressure’s primary benefit lies in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities. It helps balance the body’s energy flow, leading to pain reduction, improved circulation, and relaxation. Additionally, acupressure effectively alleviates stress and tension, which can reduce headaches and muscle pain caused by stress or poor posture.

This non-invasive technique complements traditional medical treatments. It’s particularly beneficial for managing conditions like back pain, neck pain, and joint pain. Acupressure’s gentle approach makes it a safe, natural option for enhancing health and wellness.

Acupressure’s Effectiveness in Treating Common Conditions

Remedial Massage Therapists and Physiotherapists often incorporate acupressure in treating conditions such as:

Latest Research on Acupressure

Recent studies have shown acupressure’s effectiveness in pain management and healing. A 2020 study revealed that acupressure significantly reduced labor pain intensity. Another study highlighted its role in improving sleep quality and reducing fatigue in patients with chronic low back pain. (Godley & Smith, 2020)

How Acupressure Enhances Treatment

Acupressure is more than just a pain relief technique. It’s an integral part of a comprehensive treatment plan. By combining acupressure with other therapies like exercise and manual therapy, physiotherapists offer a well-rounded approach to healing.

Personalised Treatment Plans

Every patient is unique, and so are their treatment needs. Therapists assess individual conditions and create tailored treatment plans. These plans often include acupressure as a key component to address specific pain points and promote overall well-being.

Complementary to Other Therapies

Acupressure complements other therapies like acupuncture, dry needling, trigger point therapy, and pain management techniques. This multi-faceted approach ensures patients receive holistic care.


Acupressure is a valuable tool in your therapist’s arsenal, offering natural pain relief and promoting healing. Its integration into physiotherapy enhances the effectiveness of treatment plans.

What to Do Next?

For those seeking natural methods to support their health and wellness, acupressure is a promising option. If you’re considering acupressure, consult with a PhysioWorks physiotherapist or massage therapist. They can assess your condition and determine if acupressure is suitable for you. Together, you can explore a treatment plan that includes acupressure, tailored to your specific needs.

Seeking Professional Advice

It’s important to seek professional advice before starting any new treatment. Your therapist can guide you through the process, ensuring safe and effective treatment.

Further Reading

For more information on acupressure and related therapies, visit PhysioWorks. You’ll find a wealth of resources and articles that explore various aspects of acupressure and physiotherapy.