Acupressure works with the same principles as acupuncture, but instead of using needles, pressure is applied with the fingers and many practitioners use a variety of devices to locate the acupressure point and/or to stimulate it. Additionally some practitioners hold the point until a perceptible pulse can be felt. Most kinesiologists use acupressure and often locate not only the point but also the attendant emotion associated with that point which is termed the 'cellular memory'. They do this using muscle monitoring. On pulsing the point the emotional or 'cellular memory' is released resulting in improvement in the condition under treatment.
A thorough knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine in important for the application of acupressure. Simplistically there are basically 365 acupoints across 12 main meridians and 2 extra meridians. The choice of which point to work with is complex and while many points are traditionally used by acupuncturists for certain conditions, the ultimate choice is based on many factors including the constitution or personality and emotional state of the client/patient as well as the training and experience of the practitioner. While acupuncturists usually use pulse diagnosis to choose a point, kinesiologists use muscle monitoring as well as training and experience and they believe that in using muscle monitoring the client's body makes the ultimate choice.
There is little doubt that acupressure and acupuncture are very efficacious in the treatment of many conditions. While western medicine now recognise this treatment modality for pain primarily because it seems to fit their limited and reductionist view of the human bio computer, it is in fact now supported by increasing amounts of scientific research for any condition.
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