Acupressure mats have gained popularity in recent years as a natural and non-invasive way to manage back pain. An acupressure mat is a simple and portable device that consists of hundreds of plastic spikes. Laying on the mat is believed to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and improve circulation, helping to alleviate back pain and other chronic conditions.
One of the main advantages of using an acupressure mat for back pain is that it is a drug-free and non-invasive treatment option. Unlike pain medications, which can have side effects and may only provide temporary relief, acupressure mats work by stimulating the body's own healing mechanisms. This makes it a safe and effective option for people of all ages and those with chronic back pain who want to avoid the potential side effects of prescription drugs.
Another advantage of acupressure mats is that they are simple and convenient to use. They can be easily placed on any hard surface, such as the floor or a chair, and are lightweight and portable, making them easy to take with you wherever you go. Additionally, acupressure mats can be used in the comfort of your own home, and can provide great source of pain relief between appointments with a professional.
The benefits of acupressure mats go beyond back pain relief. Acupressure has been used for thousands of years to improve overall health and wellbeing. When used regularly, acupressure mats can help improve circulation, boost energy levels, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve sleep quality. They can also help alleviate other chronic conditions, such as headaches, neck pain, and sciatica.
The pressure applied by the spikes on an acupressure mat can also help to increase blood flow to the affected area, and you can immediately feel the effects of this as warmth, tingling or even an itching sensation on the skin. When you feel this, you know that your body is bringing fresh oxygen and nutrients to help repair damaged tissue and reduce inflammation. This can help to reduce pain and improve flexibility, allowing for improved range of motion and reduced risk of injury.
When using an acupressure mat for back pain, it's important to start slowly and gradually increase the amount of time spent on the mat. It's also recommended to use the mat on a soft surface, such as a carpet or blanket, to reduce discomfort. Some people may experience discomfort when using an acupressure mat for the first time, but this is normal and should subside as the body adjusts to the pressure. We suggest if its too intense at first to begin by having a jumper on, or laying a towel or blanket over the mat, and slowly over time you can reduce the fabric layer between yourself and the mat to gain even deeper effects.
Want to know more about these mats? Discuss them with our therapists at your next appointment.
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