Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 12.5
Over the last several decades there has been a rising interest in complementary holistic medicine and Acupressure has come forth as an effective therapeutic modality for symptom management in Western healthcare. Acupressure is an Eastern treatment modality that combines massage and features of acupuncture dating almost 3000 years ago1. It’s a technique used to release blocked Qi by applying finger pressure to points on meridians2. It is considered a form of acupuncture in which fingers, thumbs, and elbows are used to stimulate the body’s acupuncture points3. It has also been described as a form of bodywork based on traditional Chinese meridian theory in which acupuncture points are pressed to stimulate the flow of energy or Qi4.
Acupressure is widely considered to be a noninvasive, low cost, and efficient complementary alternative medical approach to alleviate pain. The application of pressure to points located along the energy meridians of the body have been established and utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine6. These acupoints are thought to exert certain psychologic, neurologic, and immunologic effects to balance optimum physiologic and psychologic functions6.
This continuing education course is a two-day seminar that offers participants an evidence-based perspective on the application of Acupressure for evaluating and treating a host of pelvic health conditions including bowel, bladder and pelvic pain issues. The course explores a brief history of Acupressure, its roots in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and presents current evidence that supports the use of complementary and alternative medicine as an adjunct to western medicine. TCM concepts of Meridian theory and energy channels are presented with scientific evidence of Acupoints transmitting energy through interstitial connective tissue with potentially powerful integrative applications through multiple systems.
Lectures will present evidence on use of potent Acupressure points and combinations of points for treating a variety of pelvic health conditions including chronic pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea, constipation, digestive disturbances and urinary dysfunctions to name a few. Key acupoints for decreasing anxiety, stress and bringing the body back to a state of physiological balance are integrated throughout the course.
Participants will be instructed through live lecture and demonstrations on the anatomic location and mapping of acupressure points along five major meridians including the spleen, stomach, kidney, urinary bladder and gall bladder meridians. Key associated points in the pericardium, large intestine, small intestine, lung and liver meridians as well as the governing and conception vessels will also be introduced. The course offers a brief introduction to Yin yoga and explores Yin poses within each meridian to channelize energy through neurodynamic pathways to promote healing across multiple systems. Participants will learn how to create home programs and exercise sequences and will be able to integrate acupressure and Yin yoga into their orthopedic and pelvic health interventions.
Special Considerations and Lab materials
The labs for this course will involve external whole-body palpation and mapping of acupressure points. Please wear fitted t-shirt and leggings or yoga pants for acupressure point mapping. Participants should buy a pack of 1 inch diameter white circle stickers to be used in Labs for mapping acupressure points.
Participants are encouraged to use a Yoga mat if available and any other props they may have at home including yoga blocks, small blankets, towels and pillows to be used in the guided Yin Yoga Lab portion of the course.
Recommended resources: It is recommended that participants purchase an Acupressure Point Chart for ease of following the course work and labs in this course. Since the accuracy of points and content may vary on different charts, it is recommended to buy a copy at https://acupressure.com/products/acupressure-charts/
This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and other rehabilitation professionals who use manual therapy as a treatment modality. Knowledge of acupressure points with specific anatomical landmarks will enable clinicians to add to their toolbox skills for treating a variety of pelvic health conditions related to the bowel, bladder and treatment of pelvic pain.
It is recommended that the participants have a working knowledge of the functional anatomy of pelvic floor muscles as well as various associated pelvic health conditions. Pelvic Floor 1 through Herman & Wallace or Pelvic PT 1 through the APTA is strongly recommended.
1. Longhurst, JC. Defining Meridians: A Modern Basis of Understanding. J Acupuncture and Meridian Studies. 3 (2) 2010 67-74
2. Jonas WB. Mosby’s dictionary of complementary and alternative medicine. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby, 2005.
3. Kayne SB. Complementary therapies for pharmacists. London, UK: Pharmaceutical Press, 2002.
4. Yuan C-S, Bieber EJ, Bauer BA. Textbook of complementary and alternative medicine, 2nd ed. London, UK: Informa UK, 2006
5. Jason Jishun Hao, Michele Mittelman Glob Adv Health Med. 2014 Jul; 3(4): Acupuncture: Past, Present, and Future
6. E. Monson, D. Arney, B. Benham, R. Bird, E. Elias, K. Linden, D. Waggy. Beyond pills: acupressure impact on self-rated pain and anxiety scores, J. Alternative Compl. Med. 25 (5) (2019) 517–52
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
Pre- Recordings: Watch Before the Live Component of the Course (1.25 Hours)
8:00 Introduction, goals and objectives
8:00 Review Day 1 / Questions
I took Acupressure for Optimal Pelvic Health with Rachna Mehta (who is an amazing instructor by the way). Right after the class, I got an orthopedic patient after MVA whiplash and severe anxiety. She was anxious and afraid to drive. As part of pain management, Rachna taught us about anxiety relief points. I thought it might be helpful for her. The results were truly amazing. She felt emotionally better. Within few days was able to drive more calmly. On top of that, I noticed her symptoms of pain were going away faster than usual post MVA treatments I used to do before. I taught her those points for self-help, as Rachna taught us to do. It felt very good to be able to help a patient and also empower her. I also have a chronic cancer patient. There were acupressure points for some of that too during the course. I’m using it now for this patient. Of course in her case, it’s hard to see immediate results, but she is feeling less nauseous and calmer. Which is helpful for her.
- Beata Lyashevska
I found the entire seminar to be very educational and deeply nourishing. I was so happy to find that it included acupressure points from a medical perspective but also from a traditional Chinese medicine perspective in such a way that looked at the roles of different acupressure points and how this links up with what we know about the fascial system muscular system as well as the meridian system.
The course covered great details of acupressure that even an experienced traditional Chinese medicine practitioner will gain insights from and yet delivered in a way that can be followed and integrated by a practitioner of manual medicine. The course improved my sense of acupressure and even my acupuncture has improved as a result. The yin yoga component was extremely well conducted and gives a refreshing perspective on exercises for pelvic floor work.
Rehabilitation Health and Healing
Chiropractic Acupuncture Naturopathy Kinesiology
Clinical focus on natural medicine biomechanics posture and Pelvic Health
PRPC (Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certified)