If you ask me, a sedentary lifestyle and back pain are like Blair and Serena; they can’t do without each other, and, quite seemingly, we can’t do without them either. I mean, what are you going to do if not sitting in your chair and staring at a laptop (okay, working on a laptop) for a good 9-10 hours a day? Lounge on the chaise sofa with a book in hand and a bowl of French fries in your lap? Netflix and chill in your bed? See, how strong is your (our) bond with a sedentary lifestyle.
As for back pain, I’ve had it for so long now, that it is difficult to imagine a time when I did not have it. Resonates? It will. And when it gets worse, your only resort is to either book yourself a massage session or pop a pain killer. Each of which comes with its own set of constraints.
If the above two paragraphs are your life story, then this post is for you, because we may have just found something like an elixir for you!
Back pain isn’t a one-off thing, like a fever, that will go away if you take medicines and rest well or keep going for massage sessions. No. Back pain, once it gets to you, is like Janice to the Chandler- that is your life. So, what you need is a permanent solution, one that works every time the pain makes you go Oh. My. God. (I hope, with all my heart, that you read that in Janice’s voice.)
Say hello to acupressure!
Acupressure is one of the many Asian Bodywork Therapies that originated as a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The principles of TCM and all modalities that come under it are based on the presence of invisible lines of energy in our body. These invisible lines of energy are called meridians. It is believed that our body has 14 such meridians that connect our organs with the rest of the parts of our body.
Pain of all kinds are caused when a meridian is blocked or imbalanced. All Asian Bodywork Therapies, including acupressure, aims at restoring the balance of these energy channels.
All that is fine, but what does acupressure do for my back pain?
Along these meridians lie special points, called acupressure points (obviously) or acupoints. These acupoints correspond to the various parts of your body; applying manual pressure to these acupoints that help us to relieve any kind of illness or pain that you are experiencing in the body part to which it is connected.
If you need to understand in more technical terms, then the application of this manual pressure, usually using fingertips, triggers the release of pain-relieving chemicals into the body. It also triggers the release of natural opioids—chemicals that are known to lessen pain.
Acupressure points for relieving back pain can be found on your feet, hands, and elbows. A bunch of them are also scattered around your lower back and behind the knee cap. Studies have shown a significant reduction in back pain in subjects after consistent application of acupressure.
What’s great is that after you’ve learned it well from an expert, acupressure is a self-practicing modality. (Which means, you are no longer dependent on getting an appointment for a back massage at your spa.) This makes it a kill-two-birds-with-one-stone kind of a thing, because as associated benefits you’ll end up relieving some of your anxiety and stress too, and you’ll also be able to sleep better. Acupressure does not just treat the energy fields of your body, it also works to strengthen your spirit, your emotions, and your mind.
If this has you all fired up to try out this modality ASAP (which we think you should), all you have to do is click here and get in touch with one of our certified therapists.
Nikita Jhanglani is a technical and creative content writer, editor and book blogger. Currently, she is into world domination, one checklist at a time.