18 Jun A Sedentary Worker’s Guide to Acupressure Therapy
A lot of people don’t realize it but a sedentary lifestyle can actually be as hazardous to one’s health as an overly active lifestyle!
Our bodies are not made for sitting in one place 8-12 hours a day. Yet, for as many as 50 million people just in the US, this is a reality and that’s causing a lot of trouble for them, health-wise.
Even according to the WHO, physical inactivity is now a leading cause for disability and disease. From diabetes and cardiovascular diseases to anxiety and depression, such a lifestyle can open up a world of problems for us.
Now, there are a number of treatments one can opt for in combating the effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Yet, from the many options available, one that has come ahead as an effective method is that of acupressure!
Think of acupressure as ‘acupuncture but without needles’.
In the similar way as acupuncture stimulates the body by triggering specific acupoints that lie on specific meridians or channels on the body, acupressure follows the same principle. But instead of using needles, acupressure (as the name suggests) applies pressure on those points, thus prompting wellness and allowing the body to relax.
How Acupressure Works
An acupressure practitioner uses their palms, fingers, feet and elbows in addition to some devices to apply comfortable pressure on those meridians in your body. Following the process of Asian Bodywork Therapy, acupressure basically regulates your body’s energy channels, bringing your opposing forces (positive and negative, yin and yang) in sync.
How Acupressure Benefits a Sedentary Worker
Some dangers of a sedentary lifestyle include:
- an increase in one’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes
- cardiovascular disease
- Certain kinds of cancers
- Psychological distress
- Increase in chances of developing dementia
- Increased blood sugar levels
- Decreased sex drive
- Insomnia and sleep issues
- Disc degeneration due to increased pressure on lower back
How acupressure comes into the picture is by its basic benefit; of alleviating pain and relieving pressure on various parts of the human body. Acupressure is used extensively to treat a number of health problems such as:
- Pain and discomfort
- Digestive issues
- Chronic pain
- Muscle and joint pain
- Sleep issues
- Anxiety and tension
The therapy is also used to stimulate the body’s hormonal, lymphatic and circulatory system. In addition, it is used to improve our immune system and to stimulate the body’s self-healing function. All in all, acupressure fills in the blanks that a sedentary lifestyle causes for our health and wellbeing.
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