Acupressure is based on the same theoretical foundations as acupuncture, but is done without needles. It is a good treatment choice for young children or for anyone who is extremely afraid of needles.
A study done last year showed that an acupressure treatment with acupressure beads was effective in helping calm children before they went into surgery. Compared to anti-anxiety medication, acupressure treatments are less costly and have no side effects.
While this study used special acupressure devices, parents can easily learn how to perform acupressure techniques on their children using light massage.
There are many self-help acupressure books available. Our office is also available to consult with parents about the appropriate ways to use acupressure for their children’s conditions.