Medically reviewed by Dr. Rabeya Afroz Shomi
Is accupressure safe?
In general, acupressure is very safe. If you have cancer, arthritis, heart disease, or a chronic condition, talk to your doctor first. You may need to avoid it if:
Make sure your acupressure practitioner is licensed and certified.
- The treatment is in the area of a cancerous tumor or if the cancer has spread to bones.
- You have rheumatoid arthritis, a spinal injury, or a bone disease.
- You have varicose veins.
- You're pregnant.
Health & Balance What happens during acupressure?
During an acupressure session, you lie fully clothed on a soft massage table. The practitioner use their fingers, palms, elbows, feet, or special devices to gently press on specific points on your body. This is supposed to restore flow and balance to the life energy flowing through you.
A session typically lasts about one hour. You may need several sessions for the best results.
Which health problems benefit from acupressure?
There's not a lot of research about the health benefits of acupressure. Many patient reports support its use for a number of health concerns. But more scientific research is needed. Naseua, cancer, pain and anxiety are a few health problems that seem to improve with acupressure.
If I am diagnosed with sciatica, what will my treatments be?
Most cases clear up in a few weeks without surgery. If over-the-counter drugs don't make a dent in your pain, your doctor probably will prescribe anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants. You might also need to do physical therapy or get steroid injections to help relieve your discomfort. Other treatments to try include accupressure or chiropractice care. If none of these bring relief, your doctor may talk to you about surgery.