According to recent studies, including Monson et all, JACM, 2019, there is growing evidence for the effective and safe use of acupressure as a non-pharmacological approach to reducing pain and anxiety. Acupressure can quiet the mind, promoting a sense of well-being by decreasing anxiety.
A collaborative retrospective analysis of self-rated pain and anxiety scores before and immediately after administration of a stress release protocol indicate that acupressure is a highly satisfactory complementary therapy. Results were clinically significant for a decrease in self-rated pain and anxiety scores.
Occupational therapy practitioners as well as those who use the Kawa model of reference can utilize acupressure to promote improved occupational performance by reducing the barriers of pain and anxiety.
Waggy, Deanna OTR; Mozer, Carroll Noel OTR/L; and Zurwaski, Marilyn OTR/L
"Acupressure Modality Effectiveness: Research Results for Pain and Anxiety,"
Journal of Transformative Touch: Vol. 2:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://thekeep.eiu.edu/ijzbtt/vol2/iss1/6
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