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Acupressure is a specific massage technique that aims to decrease pain, clear tension in muscles, increase blood circulation and promote deep states of relaxation. Acupressure can be effective to relieve headaches, back ache and help to manage conditions such as fibromyalgia. The acupressure technique also aids healing within soft tissues so that recovery is increased. Massage therapists working at use effectively use acupressure to treat many muscular problems.

What is acupressure?

Acupressure is a manual therapy technique that is used to relieve pain and muscle tension. Acupressure is performed using fingers gradually pressing onto key points around the body to simulate pain relief and muscle relaxation. The acupressure technique is used on trigger points within muscles and soft tissues. A trigger point is a neuromuscular point where a muscle and a nerve meet together and cause irritation. This meeting place often causes pain when compressed and can lead to muscle spasm. When acupressure technique is applied, pain is often reduced by interrupting pain signals to the brain and encouraging deep relaxation.

Customer reciving hand massage in Manchester Physio Clinic

When is acupressure used?

Acupressure is a specialised massage technique that is used:

Accupressure massage technique applied to vastus lateralisAbove: Accupressure massage technique applied to vastus lateralis

Acupressure is used to aid recovery after an injury occurs. Soft tissue injuries can result in scar tissue formation, increased tension and pain. Acupressure is effectively used to decrease tension and pain by reducing any scar tissue. The acupressure technique applies deep pressure onto an area of injury and temporarily restricts the blood flow. On release fresh blood circulation is stimulated allowing nutrients and oxygen to be delivered and the tissue repair process to begin. The deep pressure applied to scar tissue breaks down fibrous tissue and promotes tissue fibre realignment.

Customer Receiving Hand Massage in Manchester Physio Clinic

Acupressure is also used for pain relief. Muscular trigger points are commonly treated with acupressure. Trigger points are a sensitive area of the body that cause irritation and pain. Localised pain can be a dull or a sharp sensation and also can be felt in another area of the body.

Acupressure relieves aches, pains and tension caused by trigger points by stimulating the central nervous system and disturbing the pain signals sent to the brain.

Acupressure helps treat increased muscular tension. Muscular tension is caused by muscles contracting at a relaxed state. An increase of tension in a muscle leads to chronic tightness and pain. Acupressure is highly recommended to enable tension to be relieved. Acupressure stimulates an increase of blood and raises the temperature in muscles. Increased temperature relaxes muscles therefore reducing pain and tightness.

Accupressure massage technique applied to headAbove: Accupressure massage technique applied to head

What are the physiological effects of acupressure?

Massage can produce many important physiological effects on the body. The physiological effects of acupressure are:

Acupressure stimulates capillarisation in the blood. Capillarisation is the increase of capillaries in the blood flow. Acupressure stimulates capillarisation by encouraging a new resurgence of blood to an area after pressure is applied to a localised area. Increased capillarisation can also increase the amount of oxygen to the tissues.

Acupressure increases cellular exchange within soft tissues. Cellular exchange is the transfer of cells in and out of the tissues. Acupressure increases blood flow to an area so that oxygen and nutrients begin to replace metabolic wastes and toxins. Cellular exchange in the tissues is important to flush out bad cells and keep the tissues healthy.

Customer receiving foot massage in relaxed position in Manchester Physio Clinic

Benefits of acupressure

Acupressure techniques have many benefits. The benefits of acupressure are:

Acupressure helps release muscular tension. When muscles are tense or spasm, the muscle fibres contract together and increase in tone. Muscles contract due to a build-up of lactic acid caused by injury, fatigue, stress or poor circulation. Acupressure points can relieve muscular tension by applying maximal pressure into tense muscles to promote maximal relaxation. By releasing tension, range of movement in the muscles can increase.

Acupressure is also a beneficial massage technique to decrease pain. Acupressure helps treat pain by causing cellular death and increasing oxygenated blood. Acupressure applies direct pressure to a trigger point or acupressure point. This pressure restricts blood in the cells and causes cellular death. The brain registers cellular death and sends signals towards the area. Releasing the pressure then encourages an inflammatory response and generates a resurgence of new blood to repair cells.

Acupressure can speed up recovery from illness or injury. Acupressure helps stimulate meridian pathways that aim to revitalise the body. Encouraging meridian pathways are known to promote new health and prevent illness from occurring. Acupressure can also speed up the recovery of tissues after injury. Acupressure increases new blood and oxygen flow into the soft tissues. Fresh blood and oxygen help repair and heal damaged tissues.

Common body parts treated by acupressure

There are many common body parts that can be treated with acupressure. Common body parts treated by acupressure are:

Acupressure can also be performed on other areas of the body and be effective to reduce pain and tension.


Acupressure is used to stimulate energy pathways in the body. Acupressure can be performed onto acupressure points, trigger points and meridians. Meridians are the pathways of energy that run in the body. By stimulating these points, acupressure helps decrease pain, decrease tension and improve recovery. Acupressure also produces physiological effects including increasing capillarisation and cellular exchange in the tissues. The acupressure technique is used to reduce pain and can be performed across many body parts. Massage therapists working at can perform acupressure as a beneficial massage technique to treat muscular problems.

How can I receive an acupressure treatment?

The easiest way to arrange an acupressure treatment at is to email us at or call us on 0800 033 7800.

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