If you suffer from headaches, chronic or now and then, you know how it affects you. Acupressure and it's more user friendly version, the acupressure mat, is a completely natural, drug free headache treatment.
Sufferers from headaches, including migraines, take more sick leave and see their doctor more often – they basically have an impaired quality of life.
Several studies have shown that acupuncture helps to lessen the severity and frequency of headaches. Even more interesting is the fact that the effects of a course of treatment involving up to 12 visits to an acupuncturist, seem to still be there a year after the treatment.
In other words, the results are long lasting!
It is accepted that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment and often an alternative to drugs (aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen), which often can have side effects that can be very serious.
The side effects include lethargy, stomach ulcers, constipation, nausea, and shallow breathing. Acupuncture is much safer, it has none of these unwanted side effects.
So how does acupuncture work?
The needles are normally placed where lines of energy are thought to flow – “Qi” – that flows through our bodies.
Chinese traditional medicine claims that it is when energy flow is disrupted, or blocked, that illness will result. Even though modern medicine does not understand it's way of working, it is gaining in popularity.
A more “user friendly” concept than conventional acupuncture has recently been developed, mainly in Sweden, based on research in the US and in Russia.
Introducing the modern concept of the acupressure mat, the “Hedgehog Mat”. This version of the ancient Indian “spike mat” or “fakir mat” consist of thousands of small pressure points, packaged into a flexible and soft cotton fabric.
The theory was, that since there are so many acupressure points, some of them will hit the right spot och so work the same way as an acupuncture needle would.
Your muscles will relax and your whole body will also experience increased blood flow. It is extremely easy to use, it can be used by anyone, at any time and anywhere. Another big advantage is that it requires no training and it is effortless.
It is being used for not only headache, but also insomnia and muscle pain, among other problems.