|Acupressure to Prevent Repetitive Strain|
by Cathy Wong
Acupressure is a traditional healing practice that involves the application of finger pressure to specific acupuncture points on the body. Pressure on the points is thought to promote circulation, ease muscle tension, and stimulate the body's inherent healing ability. It may help some people who have arm tension and aches from prolonged keyboarding, writing, or any other repetitive movement.
With your thumb or middle finger at a 90 degree angle to the skin, apply gradually increasing pressure. Hold for 2-3 minutes. Each point will feel different; it may be achy, sore, or tense.
- The pressure should not be painful or uncomfortable - don't try to bore a hole into your arm!
- The points do not have to be used together to be effective, so choose the most tense points if you do not have time for the whole routine.
Try these Acupressure Points:
The above demonstration should not be used as a substitute for treatment. It is intended to maintain health and prevent disease only. Any newly arising arm or wrist pain should be examined by a qualified practitioner.Caution: Do not use acupressure over skin conditions such as burns, cuts, warts, growths, or neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis.