Osteopathic and chiropractic medicine focus on the body's ability to heal itself. One of the techniques they use is to manipulate bones - especially the spine to alleviate back pain and pressures or nerves. Many practices in sports medicine and massage also use these techniques, including acupressure and applied kinesthesiology.
8 AnswersMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredAcupressure is part of the greater system of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and is based on the same principles as acupuncture. In acupressure treatment, certain points along the meridian or channel are massaged to relieve stress and promote the healthy flow of energy. You can do this yourself or you can work with an acupressure practitioner-therapist. Acupressure allows the energy in your body to move freely, improving general health and relieving stress, as well as restoring balance in the affected area.
1 AnswerBoston Women's Health Book Collective, answered
Doctors of osteopathy (D.O.'s) are physicians licensed to do everything that M.D.'s do, but osteopaths also learn spinal manipulation (though some D.O.'s choose not to incorporate manipulation into their practice). Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.'s) are trained at four-year chiropractic colleges. Some chiropractors restrict their practice to spinal adjustments, while others expand their practices to include other therapies. Chiropractors are licensed in every state of the U.S., and insurance generally covers chiropractic care. Both osteopaths and chiropractors use spinal adjustment to try to optimize the body's functioning.
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1 AnswerDaniel Hsu, DAOM, Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answeredYes, acupressure or acupuncture can help with symptoms such as headaches, constipation, nausea, insomnia and lower back aches in anyone including pregnant women. In my experience, both acupressure and acupuncture are soothing and safe forms of treatment for all women in all stages of pregnancy.