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Originating from traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure involves applying pressure to stimulate acupuncture points. Since this technique is usually performed with thumbs, other fingers, knuckles, and elbows, it is commonly referred to as “needleless acupuncture.”


Since the theories of acupuncture live in the shadow of acupressure, this technique has a broad field of action ranging from organic disorders to emotional concerns, not to mention musculoskeletal problems. To this end, it uses mechanisms already present in the body to promote the achievement of balance and support of the body’s self-healing capabilities. Acupressure would also play a role in preventing certain disorders.


Acupressure is usually used in addition to other manual therapy such as massage, kinesitherapy or orthotherapy care. In this case, it is integrated into the protocol of the prevailing technique. Used alone, acupressure is performed without oil and can be used directly on the body.


Acupressure is safe and has few contraindications. Abstinence is always appropriate in the presence of certain diseases or infections. Some health problems such as diabetes, hormone imbalance or circulatory problem must be taken into account, but they do not prevent the use of the technique. The contraindications are the same as for a massage care: an open or unhealed wound and any skin disease.

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