What is Acupressure?

Category: Complementary and Alternative Medicines

Most Popular Types: Yin Tui Na

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See also: Electronic Acupressure, Pressure Point Therapy

Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine based upon the same principles as acupuncture but using physical pressure or tapping as opposed to needles.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Patients with evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 10 6
General health 4 2
Parkinson's Disease 3 2
Muscle pain 3 2
Eye pain 2 0
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Acupressure"

Severe
0
Moderate
0
Mild
2
None
10

Dosages

Why Patients Stopped Using Acupressure (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 7
Expense 4
Doctor's advice 2
Other 2
Course of treatment ended 2
Side effects too severe 1
See all 13 patients who’ve stopped using Acupressure

Duration

Currently Using Acupressure
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 0
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 3
Stopped Using Acupressure
Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
1-3 months 3
3-6 months 5
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 1
Adherence
Always
7 58%
Usually
2 17%
Sometimes
3 25%
Never
0 0%
Burden
Very
2 17%
Somewhat
1 8%
A little
3 25%
Not at all
6 50%
Cost
$200+
1 20%
$100-199
1 20%
$50-99
0 0%
$25-49
0 0%
< $25
3 60%
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2 patient evaluations for Acupressure

alohawoman
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alohawoman
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Most
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F55y
FM:7y Dx
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See alohawoman's full Acupressure history

Oct 21, 2010 (Started Oct 09, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 100 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I can't handle needles because of the pain, but accupressure, while it's being done is very relaxing and I can fall asleep right after for about 2 hours without pain. It's been a mixed bag the following morning. Several times, I've felt worse, several times I've felt better. Chinese therapies take awhile to feel the effects because the work is holistic and it's about balancing the energies in the body to function correctly. I am committed to stick with it for the next 3 months to see if it helps.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
snowwhitepresentday
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snowwhitepresentday
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F24y
FM:8y Dx
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See snowwhitepresentday's full Acupressure history

Oct 10, 2003 (Started Sep 07, 2003)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Body felt relaxed during and up to 30 minutes after. That was it.

  • 0 helpful marks
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