Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine bodywork technique based on the same ideas as acupuncture to promote relaxation and wellness and to treat disease. Having been used for thousands of years in China, acupressure is often thought of as simply acupuncture without needles. It involves placing physical pressure, by hand, elbow, or with the aid of various devices, on different pressure points on the surface of the body to bring relief through greater balance and circulation of fluids (blood, lymph) and metabolic energies in the body (heat, chi). It intends to help balance the systems of the body in order to treat chronic and acute injuries or disease.
The pressure points are specific sensitive areas on the surface of the human body going into deep tissue where the pain concentrate and accumulate on. Acupressure is an alternative way to relieve pain. This method is applied by using fingers. Acupressure practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows or feet, or special devices to apply pressure to acupoints on the body's meridians.