Acupressure and Acupuncture: What’s the Difference?

a person applying pressure to one of their hands using their other hand

It’s well-known that acupuncture utilizes the insertion of needles into specific points on the body, but what you may not know is that needles aren’t necessary to obtain immediately noticeable health benefits. Through the practice of acupressure, you can trigger your body’s natural healing response, improve your energy flow, strengthen your immune system, and find immediate relief for aches and pains – all from a simple touch.

The Differences Between Acupressure and Acupuncture

Before we can discuss the differences between acupressure and acupuncture, we first need to address what’s similar between them. Acupuncture and acupressure both work on specific points along the meridians of your body. The meridians are where energy and blood flow most freely, and by stimulating these points, you encourage your body to increase its natural healing processes and can even trigger the release of natural painkillers and endorphins.

Now, the manner in which these points are triggered is different for each practice. In acupuncture, extremely fine needles (usually no thicker than a single hair) are gently inserted into specific points. Acupressure similarly stimulates the points but does so through manual pressure.

Isn’t Acupuncture More Effective?

It is true that acupuncture encourages a stronger response from your body, but when acupuncture cannot be performed, whether because of unavailability or aversion to needles, acupressure is a highly effective substitute for the treatment.

The reason acupuncture works so well is due to the needles triggering the body’s natural healing response. These minuscule insertions are small enough to cause practically no pain, but the body still treats them as a form of injury, targeting the specific points for healing and repair.

Acupressure can still provide you with plenty of benefits since the stimulation of the points still work to soothe and encourage muscle relaxation and better blood flow. While acupuncture is still better for those suffering from chronic conditions, acupressure can improve your immune system and provide relief for:

  • Headaches
  • Stress
  • Nausea
  • Migraines
  • Muscle tension
  • Motion sickness
  • Back pain
  • Low energy
  • Digestive problems
  • Insomnia
  • Arthritis

Since acupressure removes needles from the equation, we find it’s a good introductory course of treatment for those with an aversion to needles or those who are particularly sensitive to stimulation. 

Can I Do Acupressure at Home?

Since acupressure only requires manual stimulation, it’s a popular option for home treatment between regular acupressure or acupuncture sessions. However, it is recommended that you obtain professional advice as to which points you should focus on, and the amount of pressure that should be safely applied to each.

Guided Telemedicine Acupressure Treatment

If you are interested in acupressure treatment, we highly recommend our safe, one-on-one telemedicine services. You’ll receive a personalized health assessment, and you’ll be guided through the location and stimulation of points to address your specific health concerns, right in the comfort of your own home. 

To compliment your acupressure regimen, we also offer guided meditation, qi gong for improved qi flow, and body-part specific stretching exercises. No matter where you are right now, your physical and emotional health is important. We’re here to help you live your healthiest, happiest life.

For more information on our telemedicine acupressure treatment, or if you’d like to learn more about our acupuncture services, give us a call at (201) 843-3633 or send us a message online.

May 14, 2020