There is a belief underlying Chinese medical practices and this is the Chinese meridian system of the body which looks upon the human body as an energy highway.  This meridian systems helps us to understand how blood and body fluids permeate the entire body, and an overall energy distribution system.  The meridian system is very much different from the circulatory system that we know of and that doctors use in their anatomy and physiology of the human body, since the meridian system has invisible channels, and Chinese medicine practitioners can determine where the acupoints are, or the places that are tapped to help the patient in the healing process.  They believe that the body has the ability to heal itself so they simply help the patient's body to heal itself. 

Inserting a thin, hair-like needle in the acupoints, or massage it with a firm pressure are the two ways to stimulate an acupoint.  With acupuncture, there is a stronger stimulation to activate the body's healing ability than does acupressure, although some find acupuncture too invasive.  Deep-tissue massage, laser acupuncture, cupping, and qua sha are some of the other common therapeutic methods considered under acupressure. 

Most easterners believe that acupressure is some form of spiritual healing which stimulates a person's life energy, flowing through a network of meridians in the body to promote general health.  Illness, according to traditional practitioners, is the result of having your life energy hindered from flowing freely through your body.  However, westerners take it more scientifically saying that the stimulation of the nerves beneath the skin produces pain-relieving substances.  This is thought to reduce existing pains as well as, over time, altering the body's central pain response and reduce chronic pain. 

Acupuncture Morristown and other practices which do not use needles, uses the same points on the body and have similar philosophies that come from traditional Chinese medicine  but they involve more of hand manipulation of the patient and some other modalities. 

With the use of any modality, one simply has to target either the local points or the trigger points.  The body part which is in pain or in discomfort is called local points.  Trigger points, on the other hand, are those points connected to the local points.  These two targeted points that needs to be manipulated however is derived from the standpoint of the patient's problem. Learn more here! 


If you have an issue with pain or movement problem and are wondering if manipulating your acupoint might be able to help you, It is worth trying any of the two methods.