- The application of pressure on specific points on the body to control symptoms such as pain or nausea. Similar in concept to acupuncture but without needles.
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* * *acu·pres·sure 'ak-(y)ə-.presh-ər n the application of pressure (as with the thumbs or fingertips) to the same discrete points on the body stimulated in acupuncture that is used for its therapeutic effects (as the relief of tension or pain) see shiatsuacu·pres·sur·ist -.presh-ə-rəst n
* * *acu·pres·sure (akґu-presh″ər) [acu- + pressure] the use of pressure applied, usually with the hands, at acupoints in order to release muscular tension for therapeutic purposes. According to traditional theory, the release of tension allows qi to flow through the meridians and restore balance to the body's systems; biologically, acupressure may relieve pain by sensory gating or by the release of endorphins.
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