Acupressure Mats Offer Pain Relief Without Drugs Or Surgery
ACUPRESSURE MATS FOR PAIN RELIEF
More and more people in the West are turning to natural and holistic medicine after conventional medical treatments fail them. However, many of these holistic treatments are still unfamiliar to Westerners and even considered by some to be “hocus pocus”, yet the usually immediate benefits of holistic treatments like reflexology, acupuncture and acupressure are increasing through word of mouth and education. More and more doctors and hospitals are now recommending the use of holistic treatments such as acupuncture as a complimentary treatment to western medicine.
Acupressure is a technique where pressure is applied to specific points on the body to stimulate acupressure points and release tightness and energy stagnation caused by blockages in the flow of energy thought out the body. A phenomenal tool used for acupressure that is already highly popular in Sweden and other European countries is the acupressure mat.
The acupressure mat consists of a mat with over 8,000 spikes attached to it that one lies down on. The spikes of the acupressure mat stimulates the skin and acupressure points in your body, and causes your body to significantly increase blood circulation to the part of the body on the acupressure mat. Acupressure mats also cause the release of naturally occurring hormones that are responsible for relieving pain and increasing calmness and relaxation. If done correctly, the practice of using an acupressure mat can actually help relieve much of the body's discomfort caused by chronic pain. A research study done by Dr. Zilberter of Hillsborough , N.C. resulted in over 90 % of users reporting pain relief .
Using an acupressure mat improves circulation and activates your bodys own healing mechanism. Acupressure mats have also been shown to be effective for a wide range of health complaints. According to Dr. Zilberter, the acupressure mat can help with back and neck pain, stress, insomnia, arthritis, headache, low back pain, painful menstruation.
USING YOUR ACUPRESSURE MAT
The acupressure mat is easy to use. Simply place your acupressure mat on a bed, couch or floor, and then gently lie down on it. The most common position on an acupressure mat is lying on your back, however the acupressure mat can be used for different area of the body using different positions. It is best used on the bare skin (though a thin shirt or piece of cloth may be uses between your skin and the acupressure mat the first 3 or 4 times to ease any discomfort) and to lie on the acupressure mat for at least 20 minutes or more at a time for best results. People suffering from pain, tension, or stress, often notice an immediate difference after using an acupressure mat.
"I've found the use of acupressure mats to be a completely safe, yet highly effective treatment for reducing pain, treating sprains and enhancing localized circulation," says Angie Broswick a consumer health advocate and proponent Holistic Medicine therapies. Broswick recommends using the acupressure mat for 20 minutes a day the first 5 days, taking a 2 day break and then using it as often as needed. "A surprisingly large number of people suffer from poor blood circulation. Use of an acupressure mat helps circulate blood in the area being treated, bringing fresh, oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to replenish the tissues and accelerate the healing process," she says.
Though acupressure mats can be used by practically anyone over the age of 6, it is recommended that parents supervise the use by children. Acupressure mats should not be used by pregnant women, hemophiliacs or people on blood thinning medication, people with serious skin conditions or ulcerated sores, unless directed by a health care practitioners.
When considering treatments for some common ailments, it might make sense to try natural, holistic options that have been used in parts of the world for hundreds, and in some cases thousands of years, like acupressure and acupuncture. The Heavenly acupressure mat is a wellness tool that is easy to use, effective, and affordable.