Acupressure - MethodAcupuncturist Damon Lee

Is Acupressure a Safe Treatment?

Generally speaking, acupressure is very safe if the proper amount of pressure is applied. There are always exceptions. Here, the point CO:4 will be repeatedly used for different kinds of treatments and this point should NOT be employed for pregnant women. All the points located on the abdominal and lower back regions also should NOT be used for pregnant individuals.

When applying pressure on the abdomen, please do it according to the breathing rhythm (i.e. apply pressure on breathing out period and tell the individual to hold his/her breath when you are maintaining the pressure (about 5 seconds). Release the pressure slowly when the individual is breathing in. The patient's bladder should be empty during this procedure.

Preparation & Procedures

A. Preparations Before Treatment

(1) Keep yourself calm and steady.
(2) Finger nails should be short and clean.
(3) Wash hands before and after treatment.
(4) Always have some lubricant (baby oil, lotion or cream) ready if you want to give a massage.

B. Procedures

(1) Always inform the individual where you are going to apply the pressure, and the sensations he/she is going to feel.
(2) Always ask the individual if there is any pain.
(3) If the individual feels the the condition is getting worse, is dizzy, heart beat increases, pales, sweats profoundly, etc, Stop the procedure immediately. Put the individual to bed and cover with a blanket. Although occurrences such as these seldom appear during acupressure treatments, unexpected things may occur, especially if the individual is nervous, suffering from major diseases, etc.
(4) Always tell the individual to rest for at least 15 minutes before going away. It is very common that the individual becomes very relaxed after treatments, and has tendencies to fall asleep.

Pressure has been used as the physical stimulant to activate the body functions via the acupuncture points in acupressure therapy.

When acupressure is applied, it is very important to bear in mind that a sudden, heavy or strong, uneven or rough manoeuvre can cause a certain amount of discomfort, pain and possible damage of the skin. Pressure should be applied step by step (i.e. from weak to medium, from medium to strong), and the patient should be asked at the same time whether the pressure is suitable. Always maintain an even, steady, warm and deep pressure so as to make the patient feel comfortable and relieved, with a sense of well-being. It is a good idea to practice the techniques on your own body before you perform them on someone else.

One "set of pressure" includes 3 different degrees of pressures, namely - applying, maintaining and releasing. Each degree of pressure occupies a short period of time, from 2-14 seconds. (See "Diagram A" below.)


There is only a thin line between providing the patient a sense of well-being or inducing a painful reaction, as shown in "Diagram B". It takes a lot of time and practice in order to become skillful in mastering the right pressure application.


How to increase the rate of better responses.

One set of pressure can be immediately followed by another set before moving the finger away. This manoeuvre can increase the effectiveness of the treatment. Usually 3 sets are used on one point or on a small area.

How to Apply Pressure

One Set of Pressure

(1) It takes about 2 seconds to find out the right amount of pressure to be used.

(2) Pressure has to be maintained in order to obtain the best reaction (usually the patient has a special feeling as if the funny bone had been hit, such as numbness, tingling and a radiation to other directions) and takes 5-10 seconds.

(3) It takes about 2 seconds to release the pressure and see how the patient feels.

How Much Pressure is Right?

When the pressure reaches to a point that the patient feels comfortable and warm, the pressure is Right. Too much pressure can cause pain and superficial damage of the skin.

Light Pressure - suitable for sensitive patients and children.
Moderate Pressure - usually apply to bony areas such as forehead and face.
Well-being Pressure - can be applied to all areas.
Heavy Pressure - suitable to obese patients and muscular areas like the thighs and buttocks.
Heavy Plus Pressure - may be used on back and buttock areas, and heavily built patients.