Acupressure Self-Help Guide
REASONS WHY WE MASSAGE CHILDREN
There are multitudes of amazing beneficial effects that acupressure and massage can offer to our children that we parents will be happy to learn and be proud about. Acupressure is natural, simple, and effective.
- Acupressure can be used as an alternative to drugs. It can reduce stress, lovingly express healing touch, and encourage a child’s growth and self-healing. ?Medical benefits continue to adult life,? according to Dr.Luan Changye, a renowned Tuina specialist from Liaoning Province, China and author of Infantile Tuina Therapy.
- Acupressure may also lessen the severity and duration of many childhood illnesses.
- Sometimes doctors may be far away and your child is sick but you have nothing to give. This is the best time for your knowledge to be put to the test. It seems that medical situations almost always happen when your family is camping, hiking, traveling, or on vacation. This is a perfect time when acupressure can be the medicine you can give to your child because it is always ready and available. On your way to the doctor’s office, your child will be better before you know it.
- Acupressure makes children feel loved, nurtured?and cared for when they are sick. These godly gifts they have received will be imprinted in their young minds for a lifetime of respect for and trust in their parents and caregivers.
HOW PEDIATRIC ACUPRESSURE WORKS
- Acupressure stimulates the flow of energy in channels connecting to all the bodily organs, thus promoting the circulation of blood, lymph, and vital energy. It removes obstructions and eliminates inflammation, resulting in the relief of many common symptoms of illness.
- Acupressure strengthens the metabolism and the gastrointestinal function, leading to an improved appetite and easy elimination.
- Acupressure strengthens the immune system and promotes the healing of many chronic and debilitating illnesses.
- Acupressure strengthens the bones, joints, and ligaments, relieving muscle aches and rheumatic pain.
- Acupressure soothes the nerves and calms the spirit, promoting good sleep, improving behavior, and reducing anxiety and depression.
- Acupressure relieves swelling and edema, leading to relief from fluid retention and improved kidney function.
- Acupressure eases breathing and improves lung function.
- Acupressure improves the general constitution, leading to the relief of bodily weakness and fatigue, thereby regaining the strength to move and walk.
- Relief is immediate.
- No formal training required.
- It is soothing and calming.
- It is VERY SAFE.
- Difficulty and struggle in giving medications not a problem anymore.
- It is always available at any time and any place.
- It is simple to perform and has no side effects, entails no costly medicine, and requires no experience.
- It creates a strong bond between parent and child or between child and caregiver.
- Acupressure saves you trips to the doctor or ER, saves you money, and saves you time and discomfort.
Basically, there are none. There have been no reported or recorded injuries or worsening of conditions if used and applied properly in condition and timing as instructed in this booklet. If some pressure is applied at the wrong point, healing benefits will not occur but no harm will be done. Caution:
If your child is very weak with severe difficulty in breathing my advice is that you DO NOT WAIT! This is an emergency medical condition called status asthmaticus. Take the child to the nearest hospital immediately. Massage will not do any more good than the immediate medical attention your child desperately needs.
Acute wounds, lacerations, gunshot wounds, trauma, broken bones, generalized convulsions, severe allergic reactions, and loss of consciousness will not be improved by acupressure. Take the child to the doctor or nearest hospital as soon as possible.
FEAR OF TOUCH
Our sick children desperately need loving and healing touch to recover quickly from the ill feelings afflicting them. Behaviors like always wanting their parents to carry them around and clinging to a parent?s body unceasingly is a plea for comfort and assurance that someone is taking care of them and that they don’t feel abandoned.
Acupressure is a way of connecting to the child?s need and vanquishing that ill feeling by gently stroking their bodies in a way that makes them feel better. Parents and caregivers are sometimes wary of touching their young children for fear of hurting them. They see young children like a figurine, delicate as a porcelain vase, and they fear that pressing a body part could break them and make them worse.
This page is intended to deliver valuable information to readers, thereby taking away all that unnecessary fear. Even a small child can learn these techniques, and I advise parents and caregivers to also teach this knowledge to their children.
Teach your older child the specific acupressure points and tell him or her to learn this by heart so they can remember this when you are not present. Your child can instruct anyone willing to help him or her when needed during attacks.
As a medical practitioner, I always see cases where children may not need to see the doctor every time they are sick. Many symptoms are not life-threatening and can be managed at home conservatively. Some examples are occasional vomiting, coughs, colds, headaches, and mild fever, to name a few.
One of the best conservative treatment that I honestly and truly believe and recommend is pediatric acupressure. Parents and caregivers with the help of this info will acquire knowledge not available at the doctor?s office.
Pediatric acupressure work wonders without drugs. Please tell everyone you know who might need this knowledge when you found this information helpful.
1. Lavender massage oil if ?the child is not allergic to lavender or use plain baby oil for infants and children.
2. Talcum powder may be used if no massage oil is available.
3. A comfortable chair, your lap, your bed, a couch, or your table: whatever is comfortable to both of you.
4. Blanket if needed.
GENERAL TECHNIQUES AND MANIPULATIONS?
- Don’t massage when child has a full stomach or has just eaten a meal.
- Position your child comfortably on your lap, chair, couch, bed, or table.
- Wash your hands. Warm up your hands by rubbing them together vigorously for a few seconds.
- Use massage oil to prevent irritation and bruising of skin.
- Avoid injured, red, broken, or open areas such as wounds or open skin. Provide privacy; room temperature must be warm for infants.
- Duration of treatment: 15-30 minutes only. Infants: 15 minutes or less. Older children: adjust ?according to their age between 15-30 minutes.
- Frequency: twice a day x 2-3 days for new onset illness. Sometimes one to two treatments are all that are needed. Twice a day x 10-15 consecutive days for chronic illness Tune ups: once a week until stable, then twice a month, then once a month thereafter or as needed.
- Pressure: should be gentle but not too light or it will trigger a ?tickle effect.? Think of a sponge where your pressure will penetrate only the middle layer. Pressing too much will trigger a painful experience, making the child abhor massage forever.
12 ACUPRESSURE POINTS FOR COLIC AND MORBID CRYING
Note: The specific points I used here are grouped?according to the specific symptoms in your child.
- The points chosen contain a master point and several supplemental points.
- All points are intended to be used together, do not delete one.
- Position your child on your lap, on bed, couch, or wherever you and the child feel comfortable.
- Material: lavender massage oil, baby oil, or talcum powder.
- Technique: quick and fast, take note.
- Interruptions should be avoided, concentrate on the counting.
- Use only one side to manipulate.
This advice is not intended to be a substitute for the medical advice of a licensed physician. The reader should consult with their doctor in any matters relating to his/her child’s health.