Acupressure for Pain In Labor And Delivery

Acupressure for Pain In Labor And Delivery

natural relief

The pain of delivery and labor is one of the things that most women worry about when having a baby. Of course, this is definitely understandable, as labor is excruciating pain. First time moms do not yet know the intensity of it, but, it is an important thing to prepare for as to how one will deal with the pain.

As you deliver a baby, you will experience a strong cramping and achy feel on your back, groin and abdomen. Likewise, you might feel some pain in your thighs, sides and other parts of your body.

Ultimately, this excruciating sensation is caused by the
contractions of the muscles within your uterus as well as the pressure on your
cervix.  In some cases, labor pain is
caused by the pressure on the bowels and bladder by the head of the baby as
well as the stretching of the vagina and birth canal.

Labor pains are, for the most part, managed through
painkillers, analgesics, tranquilizers, and anesthesia. But, not all moms-to-be
prefer to use conventional pain medication for their labor.

Today’s women want their delivery and labor to be natural,
yet comfortable.  For that reason, more
and more women are switching to acupressure, an alternative form of medicine
that is similar to the principles of acupuncture.

What Is

Acupressure, in its essence, is an effective, safe and simple
hands-on way of easing pain and alleviating stress.

An ancient holistic approach, acupressure is also used to
promote overall wellness, and cure disease. Derived in China more than 4,000
years ago, this form of pain relief method involves the practice of manual
stimulation of acupoints that applies pressure to the body’ specific points.

Acupressure is quite similar to other traditional Chinese
medical practices. As a matter of fact, it has been often viewed as a precursor
to the famous acupuncture.

But unlike acupuncture, it does not involve the use of
needles. Instead, acupressure practitioners would apply pressure to the
patient’s acupoints on his or her meridians using palms, elbows, fingers as
well as blunt-tipped tools.  Oftentimes,
this practice also includes acupressure massage or stretching and other

Is It
Effective In Labor Pain Relief?

Traditional Chinese Medicine, or also referred as TCM, is a
pragmatic and rational medical practice, and any kind of treatment is selected
carefully to provide the greatest effect possible. Thankfully, the selection of
useful acupoints to aid childbirth and labor has been thoroughly studied by our
predecessors. In fact, these selected points have been tested and proven over
centuries, making them in a mainstay in labor relief.

As you labor a child, applying pressure directly to your
acupoints will reduce pain in a natural way, allowing you to better deal with
the contractions that increase in intensity as the delivery progresses.
Furthermore, it encourages you to work more confidently and consciously with
your body, instead of resisting labor pain.

Acupuncture basically uses the same acupoints that are
typically used in acupuncture treatments.

Acupuncture’s Gall Bladder 21, for one, has an analgesic
effect, which makes it an ideal solution during childbirth. 

In addition, Kidney 21 of acupuncture can be used to soothe
your mind, especially when you are experiencing panic and fear during your

These points can also come in handy in delivering the baby
safely. The mixture of Liver 3 and Large Intestine 4 has a dynamic effect that
will open your body’s flow of energy, helping facilitate the birth’s smooth

An Easier And
Cheaper Way To Ease Childbirth Pain

It doesn’t take a great deal of time and effort to learn the
best acupressure techniques for labor pain. 
With clear demonstration and instruction, acupressure can be easily
learned in fifteen minutes or less.  You
don’t have to be a certified acupuncturist or someone who has a deep knowledge
or experience in TCM, so the father to be or grandma can learn how to do it.

One of the biggest benefits of using acupressure, in dealing
with labor pain, is that it does not require a lot of sophisticated and
expensive equipment.

In this practice, you just need to know how to firmly apply
downward pressure with your elbows, knuckles and thumbs.

To apply more pain relief, you may likewise take advantage of
the wooden spoon’s blunt end to the acupoints.  


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