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Updated on June 4, 2015
Dr. Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D indicates where the pressure points are located in the human body.
Dr. Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D indicates where the pressure points are located in the human body. | Source

Modern life, requires a great deal of flexibility, and strength from our body. Gradually, this might cause chronic pains, specially in the back, and also recurrent migraines. Usually, the most common relief would be taking ibuprofen, or acetaminophen. However, the continuous use of these chemicals, will generate side effects as well, if they are taken on regular basis.

Asian culture believes that the human body, already has the relief for every pain, and all we have to do is to learn to use this powerful tool, in behalf of our own health. Not too long ago, I came across a very interesting article, from Dr. Michael Reed PHD, who explains how by stimulating these pressure points, located in different parts of the body, the chronic pain in certain areas can be relieved. "This is due to the release of endorphins, which are neuro- chemicals, which relieve pain, and promotes healing, by increasing the blood flow and relaxing the muscles", Dr. Reed says.

I remember when I was a little girl, how my mom used to have these terrible headaches, due to an asthma condition. The temporary lack of oxygen in the brain, would cause her to have terrible migraines all the time. Then one day, a pharmacist, an elderly oriental woman, told her about the acupressure. That same night, my mom followed the instruction that woman gave her, and ever since, she never had a headache again. It was amazing!

Years later, I was in my Vovinam class (Vietnamese martial arts), and I was having probably, the most terrible migraine ever. I had two jobs as a Law Enforcement officer, and I was getting divorced. My stress level was so high, I was about to burst! My instructor told me to stand up straight, he asked me where, exactly, it was hurting in my head. Then, he placed two fingers and started pressing and releasing on that spot. He did that about 5 or 6 times. Magically, the stubborn headache, that had kept awaked for two nights in the road, was gone!

Think about it! Years ago, there were no “pills for everything”, however people lived longer, and healthier. The cure and relief of just about every disease, is hidden so close to us, is ridiculous!

Of course, the stress on those times, wasn't comparable to the one we live in today. But maybe, the real problem here, is not the stress level, but the fact that we let the stress build up in our life uncontrollably, because, we “do not have time” to reduce it. Or do we?

If you are the kind of person, who is trying to solve problems, talking on the cell 24-7, even when you eat, or even go to the bathroom! Or if you are one of the workaholics, who take homework home, after a tedious week at work, depriving yourself from enjoying your days off with your family, then you are a perfect candidate, to become a human pretzel one day: all hard, and twisted. Stress, is the best friend of the muscle spasms by the way, and it can happen all the sudden, no previous notice! You just feel that sharp pain, and you are done! Paralyzed like a human tree, in the middle of a corn field.

RELAX! You only live once, the world is not going to change just because you are killing yourself overworking, or over worrying. Start considering ways to unwind, and instead of running to the doctor for pills to relieve your pains, search a little bit more for relief, into possible natural resources, acupressure is one of them.

Eat healthy, exercise (walking, stretching, swimming, yoga, you can do all this at home in your own time), and develop a good attitude. Sometimes, it's hard to keep and optimistic point of view in life, especially if you are going through a crisis of any kind, but nothing that is going to happen, will prevent to happen just because you worry! Haven't you figure it out yet? You can control certain things in your life, but the final product...believe me, it will happen regardless of what you do.

Start today!


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    • peachpurple profile image


      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks for the detail hub. My hubby tried acupunture to reduce the chronic pain. Did help. Voted up

    • Bopi-Cheppu profile image


      6 years ago from San Antonio, TX, U.S.A


      This is an interesting hub. You have well explained by sharing your personal experience how acupressure can be an alternative source for treating persistent pain. Voted up!


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