Pressure Points

Pressure Points

Last month we defined  trigger points, and that they are different from pressure points …  so what is a pressure point and how do they compare ? Pressure points are areas of the body that are sensitive to touch due to a nerve cluster or sensitive area. They can be found in muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and veins. The most obvious ones are vulnerable areas such as the eyes, temples and solar plexus. Less obvious pressure points include the Achilles tendon, the meaty flesh next to your thumb and the spot directly under your ear. There are hundreds of other pressure points in every area of the body.

Pressure points can be used in martial arts to inflict more pain. ( For Hollywood’s dramatic representation think of Star Trek’s Mr. Spock applying a “Vulcan nerve pinch” to make his opponent pass out. ) Pressure points can also be used for healing such as in  massage therapy. Most of us experience neck pain due to looking down at our cell phones or staying hunched over on a computer, there is a pressure point to help alleviate tension. The neck’s pressure point can be found by making a V with your middle and index finger. Squeeze with the thumb located on top and in an upward manner for two minutes to relieve neck pain. Try it!

Term of the Month : Fibrosis 

Fibrosis – The thickening or scarring of connective tissue, normally due to injury.

Essential oil of the Month:

Basil 

The health benefits of basil essential oil include its ability to treat nausea, motion sickness, indigestion, constipation, respiratory problems, and diabetes. Basil oil is also a good source of Vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium. Basil is also great as a stress reliever!  I recommend blending it with lemon, clary sage, eucalyptus, marjoram or clove for a diffuser. Pregnant or nursing women should avoid basil essential oil.

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