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How Acupressure Can Improve Your Health

If you have ever had chiropractic care, then you may already know about the enormous potential power of touch to facilitate healing. You may also be familiar with acupuncture's ability to relieve pain without drugs, promote relaxation and encourage better physical function. But you may not realize that there is a needle-free alternative to acupuncture that employs touch to achieve these same significant effects. This is the ancient art of acupressure -- and here at Back in Balance Wellness Center, we offer it alongside other natural services such as chiropractic care, massage physical therapy and acupuncture in Bangor and Ellsworth.

person receiving acupressure treatment

To understand acupressure, it is helpful to understand its more familiar "cousin," acupuncture. When we provide acupuncture in Bangor and Ellsworth, we insert hair-fine needles into specific points on the skin associated with various bodily regions or physical systems. This technique is based on the ancient belief that Qi, or life energy, flows along the body through pathways called meridians. When the flow of Qi is interrupted at points along the way, pain and illness affect those relevant parts of the body. Today, we understand that acupuncture needles can help normalize nerve signaling while triggering the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, to relieve discomfort naturally.

Acupressure works in much the same way as acupuncture, relying on the same map of points and pathways to stimulate the right set of points to improve your health. the principal difference is the simple fact that instead of using needles, we use precise amounts of finger pressure. This slightly less direct method can take a little longer than acupuncture to achieve the desired effect, with a typical session lasting 45 to 90 minutes. But it makes an excellent alternative for individuals who suffer from a pronounced needle phobia or would just rather do without the needle insertion, painless as it may be.

Acupressure from Our Bangor and Ellsworth Acupuncturist

Our Bangor and Ellsworth acupuncturist may prescribe acupuncture to help you with the same wide range of symptoms and ailments that acupuncture typically addresses. These include:

· Nausea/motion sickness

· Headaches and migraines

· Back or neck pain

· Stress (both physical and emotional)

· Chronic fatigue and chronic pain conditions

· Reproductive, respiratory and digestive issues

· Insomnia

· Addiction cessation and recovery

Here at Back in Balance Wellness Center, we have always believed in the synergistic benefits of combining multiple natural therapies. Acupressure makes a natural complement to chiropractic care, for instance, by relaxing muscles to make adjustments easier and by reinforcing nerve healing and correct nerve function. Acupressure also makes sense as a complement to massage therapy for its ability to deepen the relaxation, stress relief, pain relief and functional improvements enabled by the various massage techniques we employ. Depending on your condition and ultimate wellness goals, we may combine these and other healing modalities to create a personalized health plan just for you.

Contact Back in Balance Wellness Center today to benefit from acupressure, massage therapy or acupuncture in Bangor and Ellsworth. We're here to help you heal!