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Acupressure, a non-needle technique, is an excellent alternative for patients who want the health benefits of acupuncture treatments but are hesitant about working with needles. PUSH San Diego offers exceptional acupressure treatments to help patients in a variety of situations, including all stages of the fertility, pregnancy, and birthing journey. To learn more about how acupressure can improve your quality of life, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Acupressure Q & A

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Acupressure works on the same basic principles as acupuncture: Your acupuncture specialist stimulates particular areas of your body (acupoints) in order to restore proper flow of your life-force energy (qi) through the energy channels in your body (meridians). 

In this non-needle technique that activates your acupoints, acupressure uses manual pressure applied by your specialist’s fingers, palms, elbows, feet, or by a special device, like magnets or Swarovski ear seeds from Your ear is a microsystem of your entire body, and just as foot reflexology uses your foot to access healing in different areas of your body, your specialist can treat any disease or condition through your ear. Ear seeds, in particular, are little vaccaria seeds woven into a fabric that’s similar to a Band-Aid that your specialist uses to stimulate the acupoints of your ear.

Acupressure is a great non-needle technique for patients who have particular anxieties about needles to enjoy the benefits of acupuncture. 

What conditions can acupressure treat?

Acupressure is used to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Stress management
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle tension and pain
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Motion sickness
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Arthritis

PUSH San Diego specializes in using acupressure in all phases of the fertility, pregnancy, birthing, and postpartum cycle. The team at PUSH San Diego can provide you with handouts that detail how stimulating particular acupressure points can assist in the natural promotion of labor.

How can acupressure help me during labor and birth?

PUSH San Diego offers PUSH professionals that can support you with acupressure treatments during your labor and birth. Your PUSH professional is professionally licensed and properly insured, and can be with you by your side at home, in the hospital, or at a birthing center.

Acupressure can help provide relief from the pain, stress, anxiety, and nausea that are expected components of the birthing process, but it can also help with some of the unexpected aspects of labor and birth. Some of the benefits that acupressure can have on your birthing experience include: 

  • Ripening your cervix
  • Encouraging the start of labor if you’re past your due date
  • Supporting and enhancing the natural progression of labor
  • Shortening your labor time
  • Helping to turn a malpositioned baby or breech baby
  • Increasing endorphins to reduce pain
  • Reducing edema, or swelling in your hands, face, legs, ankles, and feet

Can Acupressure help me AFTER I give birth? 

Absolutely, there are pressure points for most postpartum conditions. This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Pain after giving birth
  • Mood conditions, such as postpartum depression and anxiety
  • Breast related conditions include iincrease milk supply and mastitis
  • Improving low energy


Your partner can also learn particular acupressure techniques to provide support and assistance during and after your pregnancy. To help you better understand the acupressure process, the practice provides handouts to explain the acupressure points, both at the time of your visit and online under the “Resources” section of the website.

To learn more about how the specialists at PUSH San Diego can improve your quality of life or your journey through childbirth with high-quality acupressure, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment with the convenient online tool.

Click HERE for Dr. Deb's Acupressure Class titled, Natural self Care for New Mamas.

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