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Acupressure mat: How to use it and its benefits

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If you have been looking for alternatives to massage and the use of medications to relieve pain or reduce stress, traditional Eastern medicine has a therapy called acupressure. Magazine Healthline in his article “Acupressure Mats and Benefits” he explains that, according to traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure is a technique used to release chi (Qi), or energy, that blocks the body. Once these blockages are removed, the pain can be reduced or relieved completely.

Acupressure is a therapy based on acupuncture, but without needles, the goal is to apply pressure to specific points on the body, or acupoints, that block the flow of energy, helping to calm muscle tension, increase circulation of blood and reduce pain. Traditionally acupressure is done by applying pressure with the fingers on different acupoints, but now there is an alternative that you can use at home: the mat or mat of acupressure.

The acupressure mat or spiked stimulation pad is covered with hundreds of spiky plastic bumps, which simulate the lotus flower. These small bumps put pressure on the parts of the body that are in contact with the surface. For its part, the magazine Medical News Today, in his article “Does an Acupressure Mat Work?”, he registered several studies that ensure that this technique, which you can do from the comfort of home, works to reduce pain and provides significant relief from it; Obviously, if you have a medical condition, we recommend that you follow the instructions of your primary care physician or specialist.

Benefits

The most important of the benefits is that it helps control pain naturally. Another benefit is that unlike acupressure or acupuncture massages directed at a single point, these mats stimulate many acupoints at once, which improves blood circulation and lowers blood pressure. In the studies carried out, users of this technique claimed to feel more relief for the following conditions:
– headache, (when standing up on the mat)
– Back pain
– sciatica pain in the back and legs
– tight or stiff back muscles
– stress and tension
– fibromyalgia pain
– insomnia

How to use the acupressure mat?

  • Its use is very simple and relaxing, you just have to lie down on the mat for 15 to 20 minutes, they advise not to exceed 30 minutes. For new users it is advisable to spread the mat over the bed or sofa, once you feel more comfortable, start using it on the floor. You can also lie on your stomach, stand on it, sit or use it on a localized part of the body, for example only on the legs.
  • The most important thing is that your skin is in contact with the surface, so you can do it without clothes or you can use very fine cloth, remember that the important thing is to feel comfortable.
  • At first you may feel some discomfort from the sharp points, but be patient and take a deep breath, then you will enjoy that feeling.
  • It is important that you use it consistently, if possible create a routine for its use, some people do it daily, but it is not necessary, if you do it three times a week, for a period of 15 minutes, you will notice how after a few days of use you will feel more relaxed.

What should you take into account when choosing an acupressure mat?

  • The first thing you should keep in mind when choosing is that there are many options on the market and not all of them offer the legitimate benefits of acupressure, so read the properties and reviews of the users.
  • Take a good look at the material and design, also at the ease of cleaning, and if it comes with additional accessories such as pillows or balls.



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