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Friday, January 6, 2012

Acupressure therapy for relieving palpitations

Pal·pi·ta·tion means:  A trembling or shaking, irregular, rapid beating or pulsation of the heart.  The term heart palpitation refers to sensations that the heart is racing, pounding, beating irregularly or skipping beats.  Sometimes it can be due to anxiety, stress or nervousness. 


According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, in most cases heart palpitations are not serious and can be controlled by taking steps to lower stress levels and managing strong emotions. Practicing deep breathing and/or relaxation techniques, yoga or tai chi can all help to reduce the frequency and severity of heart palpitations.


 Palpitations Treatment with acupressure therapy:


 Acupressure therapy can be applied to get relief from palpitation. Acupressure can be very helpful for palpitations, but it's not for everyone. If your palpitations are part of a serious disease, acupressure may aid in healing, but it should not be your sole remedy. It may also be inappropriate if you suffer blood pressure problems, arteriosclerosis or bacterial infections.
Acupressure offers only symptomatic relief to angina and palpitations. Sit comfortably or lie down, close your eyes and breath deeply when massaging the active points.
  1. P6 :
Location: on the interior side of the arm, in the hollow between the bones of the forearm, three finger-width above the wrist crease.
Direction: apply firm deep strokes of pressure in the direction of the palm. The initial painful sensation will soon begin to subside. Repeat the acupressure therapy on both arms. Duration: 3 min or more



2. H7 :
Location: on the inside of the arm; in the hollow formed by the wrist, inside bone of the arm, and the tendon. 
To find the point: 
1. straiten the wrist; 
2. slide your thumb along the wrist crease until the thumb falls into a hollow formed by the tendon, inside bone of the arm, and the wrist. Direction: apply firm deep strokes of pressure in direction of the palm. The initial painful sensation will soon begin to subside. Repeat at other arm. Duration: 1 min


3. Yin Tang :
Location: Point between eyebrows higher than the nose bridge. Use of insomnia, tension headaches, calming a busy mind and sinus problems.

Direction: apply firm deep strokes of pressure in upward direction. The initial painful sensation will soon begin to subside
TW 15: Location: on the top of the shoulder blade. To find the point go directly up from the nipple, around the top of the trapezoid muscle, and down to the top of the shoulder blade.
Direction: apply firm deep strokes of pressure in upward direction. The initial painful sensation will soon begin to subside. 
Repeat the therapy at other side of shoulder. Duration: 1 min


Source: www.soundtells.com/AcupressureOnline

Remember: Seek medical treatment if any other symptoms that indicate a serious illness occur alongside the palpitations. These may include trouble breathing, sweating, dizziness, chest pain, confusion or fainting.


Useful links: 


 * Acupressure and Reflexology for Anxiety:
 * acupressure points to help release tension and anxiety

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