Firstly, back pain relief requires a multi-faceted approach if you want long lasting results. You must balance your muscles and joints, break the habitual pain cycle and learn to prevent pain returning.
However, Acupressure is a useful tool and will help you achieve the above.
But here is some confusion. Acupressure has many different forms, no different to medicine.
If you went to hospital and asked to see a Doctor. It could take you ten attempts before you found the “type” of Doctor you wished to see. They may have sent out an orthopedic surgeon when all you wanted was a cardio-vascular specialist.
The same applies to Acupressure. There are many different types of Acupressure, the most common is where you press or rub points firmly to ease pain. You may know if the point at the base of your thumb that people rub for pain relief whether it is back pain relief or headache relief.
There are also forms of Acupressure that use light touch, similar to jumper cabling a battery. These are older forms of Acupressure and the concept behind these is for your body to return to balance naturally, using your body’s internal ability to heal.
Acupressure looks at your body as having a series of energy channels running through it. If one or more of these channels becomes blocked, tension builds. No different to a river that suddenly has a dam placed in it.
The dam causes the river to flood above and the river below becomes dry. With meridians (the energy channels) you get many symptoms from one blockage.
This is why you can have back pain and note you feel bloated, constipated, tired, or many other symptoms. They are all part of that one blockage.
This is why so many people fail trying to relieve back aches. The blockages may cause muscles to tire or tighten, you may stretch and exercise these and get temporary relief. But unless you remove the blockage these will return.
This is why back pan relief requires a multi-faceted approach. You must balance muscles and joints, make sure your body is working well and break the habitual pain cycle.
Acupressure will help in this process if you use it as part of an overall approach. So to answer the question…
But does Acupressure work for back pain relief?
Yes, it has worked for many centuries and still works today. The firmer types of Acupressure are still more symptom related, but the softer forms work on points that help the underlying factors ease and disappear.
Only relying on a few stretches or exercise will only ever give you temporary relief. To make sure your back pain disappears long term, you need to look at all the factors causing it.
Acupressure is a great tool to help remove the causes that stretches and exercise won’t fix. Back pain relief will occur quicker and for longer if you add in Acupressure.