HOW TO EASE SHOULDER AND FIBROMYALGIA WITH ACUPRESSURE POINTS…

For anyone suffering from fibromyalgia, knowing where to apply self-acupressure may help ease some of the symptoms associated with the disorder. I am suffering greatly at the moment with fatigue and nonrestorative sleep due to fibromyalgia and bulging disc problems in my neck and lower back.

I seem to fall asleep fine but then I am awake for hours before I settle again especially during a cold spell. Last night I decided to start trying acupressure which is something I have done in the past but it’s not easy to get to certain points by yourself.

I got my phone out and looked up the best pressure points to work on my shoulders which I hoped would have a knock on effect on my neck pain.

To help ease shoulder pain they say you should press your thumbs or middle fingers on to the top of your shoulders where the outer collarbones join the shoulders. Press the thumbs or middle fingers to these points and massage for at least a minute several times.

According to Healthline Acupuncture has been extensively studied as a treatment for neck pain. While there is some evidence that acupuncture works for neck pain, acupressure is not universally accepted as a neck pain treatment. Researchers wonder, for example, if the needles from acupuncture stimulate chemicals in your body that provide pain relief. If that is indeed the case, stimulating pressure points with massage instead of needles wouldn’t provide the same pain relief. 

But that’s not to say that acupressure should be ruled out as a holistic neck pain treatment. Stimulating pressure points may relieve neck pain and soothe aching muscles. According to several reviews of the scientific literature, the answer is that we just don’t know.

I think it did help me to settle down but whether that was just because I was so tired I am not sure but I’ve been having such a hard time with it at the moment that I will try anything. I’ve sat and researched it today and I have just ordered a book from Amazon called Treat Yourself with Acupressure: An easy way to relieve pain, tension, anxiety and stress, by Adriana Apollonia Germain (Author)

It says it’s a easy to understand and highly visual book with step by step guidelines for effective self treatment.

Acupressure and Acupuncture both use same points on Surface of Human Body for healing the problems. But Acupuncture is applied through Needle and Acupressure is applied through Pressure of Hand (Especially by Thumb and Fingers). Acupressure gives pressure to such points that results in Releasing Muscular Aches, Enhance Blood Circulation and gives relaxation to the Human Body.

The theory and practice of acupuncture originated in China. It was first mentioned and recorded in documents dating a few hundred years before the Common Era. Earlier instead of needles sharpened stones and long sharp bones were used around 6000 BCE for acupuncture treatment.

Acupressure is generally said that in a Chinese Medicine Method, but it was firstly discovered in India which latterly disappeared. Acupressure nowadays has many methods as Reflexology, Meridian and Sujok Therapy. Reflexology is an American invention, Meridian is Chinese invention while Sujok is discovered by Korea.

Acufinder explain that aside from these points, it is important to recognize that psychological stresses can play a significant role in the presentation of fibromyalgia. Employing self-acupressure can help one regain emotional well-being and better control the onset of symptoms. For best self-acupressure results, apply gentle yet firm pressure from your middle-finger as you make tiny circular motions. This may be done as little as once a day or as much as once every hour.

Here are some locations on the body where self-acupressure can help to alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia:

  • Yintang – located between the eyes, at the level of the eyebrows. This point is renowned for its ability to soothe anxiety and promote a general relaxation of the body. Stimulation of this point may help with obsessive and unproductive thoughts.
  • Ear Shen Men – located on the upper portion of the ear in the triangular fossa, nearly a perfect fit to gently place a fingertip and press. The name of this point speaks for itself, stimulation here brings the potential for great relief from any kind of physical and/or emotional pain, metaphorically allowing the patient to enter ‘heaven.’
  • Ren 17 – located in the center of chest at the level of the fourth intercostal space, at the same level as the nipples. This is a great point to help relieve the sensation of rising anxiety and help the body physically relax as well.
  • Pericardium 6 – located on the lower, inner side of arm, four finger widths from the wrist crease and between the two tendons in the middle of the arm. Gentle pressing can help promote a sense of well-being and relief from nausea.
  • Stomach 36 – located about four finger widths down from the outer eye of the knee, then over about the width of the middle finger, from the shin bone. This invaluable point is known for its ability to promote general wellness by stimulating the immune system, stopping pain anywhere in the body and calming the shen. According to the theory of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, “calming the shen” refers to the stabilization of negative mental and emotional states.
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LIDOCAINE INFUSION FOR PAIN RELIEF…

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In March of 2010 I wrote an article on ‘Lidocaine infusion for pain relief’, and two years on I am still getting comments about the use of it.

At that time I was only reading about lidocaine infusion as being used regularly in Australia and America as a treatment for some types of chronic pain.

I’d read a few articles on it also being used to treat people suffering from Fibromyalgia so I was quite interested in anyone who had used this type of pain relief.

Now, it seems to also be available in London, Lincoln, Scotland, Cornwall, and Canada but comments on its benefits are quite mixed.

After reading up on it they seem to to think that it doesn’t work for all types of pain, but only to reduce pain that is caused by over-activity of sodium channels inside the cells of some irritable nerves.

However, what a lidocaine infusion can do is to quickly determine whether your pain responds to this type of medicine. ‘This type of medicine’, being, a sodium channel blocker, which blocks activity from irritable nerves responsible for some types of pain, such as neuropathic pain.

I’ve yet to be offered this at my pain clinic but I guess funding could come into whether it is available in your area.

If you find this interesting then you might also like this http://backpain.blog.co.uk/2010/03/22/lidocaine-infusion-the-latest-for-pain-relief-8225151/

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HOW TO HELP EASE STIFFNESS AND IMPROVE POSTURE IN YOUR UPPER BACK…

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To help ease stiffness and improve posture in your upper back press the acupressure points which are located in the depression at the centre of each shoulder bone.

Press the fingers of the right hand to this point on the left shoulder bone and hold for at least a minute. Repeat with the left fingers on the right shoulder.

Pressing these points relieves pain and stiffness in the upper back and shoulders.

It can also help with neck pain and fatigue and increase flexibility and range of motions.

ACUPRESSURE POINTS FOR SCIATICA…

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To help with sciatica pain try holding your thumb or middle and index fingers against points which are located on the back of the knees, in the centre of the crease.

Apply firm pressure for at least one minute first at the back of your left knee, then at the back of your right knee.

Pressing these points can help to relieve sciatica and lower back pain. It can also help to reduce stiffness in the back and help flexibility, which can then improve your posture and increase your movements.

It can also help with arthritis in the hips, knees and lower back.

HAND REFLEXOLOGY FOR CHRONIC PAIN…

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Reflexologists believe that the hands are considered to have electrical properties.

The right hand palm being positive and the left hand palm negative.

The right hand also has a reinforcing, stimulating effect while the left has a calming, sedative effect.

The back of each hand is opposite to the palm, so the right is negative and the left positive.

This is important when using reflexology as if the object is to revitalise the body and restore energy flow, then the right hand will have the best effect. The left hand, with its calming effect is best used for pain.

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