Are You A Birth Professional Ready to Offer More to Your Clients?
If so, this course is for you!
This course will teach you the art and science of being able to provide a 5,000 year old scientifically-proven medicine. This is a great modality to be able to offer your clients because it gives you a natural, drug-free approach of helping pregnant moms be more comfortable during pregnancy as well as encourage their body to heal the most common pregnancy conditions.
What is Acupressure?
Acupressure is the application of pressure to a certain point on the body, called acupoints, that is usually done by the fingers, hands, knuckles, elbows or blunt-tip objects. This pressure provides the body with natural healing resources to reduce discomfort, pain and aim at healing the body.
How Can Acupressure Help Pregnant Women?
Since acupressure aims to relieve pain and discomfort, it is a great tool to use for common pregnancy ailments such as lower back pain, sciatica, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, digestive concerns, anxiety, stress, malposition of the fetus, and establishing labor. Acupressure is also thought to help postpartum conditions such as low milk supply, mastitis, and hemorrhoids.
Acupressure is also very beneficial for encouraging the body to being labor at the end of pregnancy and can be used in an effort to avoid unnecessary medical labor inductions by aiming to dilate the cervix and establish contractions. There have been studies that show it's benefit in reducing labor time and labor pain. According to Debra Betts:
"In 1995 I followed up of a sample of 74 women that I taught acupressure to over the period of a year, 88% percent of the women attempted to use acupressure. Of these women, 86% used it successfully in labour to significantly reduce their pain. 66% using terms such as "excellent" and "brilliant" to describe the effects. Of the four couples that also tried using a tens machine, three discontinued, preferring to resume using acupressure"
I had have great experience with birth professionals and couples I've taught acupressure to. The women report a more positive birth experience by saying there was less pain and discomfort as well as fear and anxiety both before and during the birth.
During this course, you will learn how to do acupressure effectively and get positive feedback from your clients. You will also learn the most common acupoints for pregnancy and postpartum, where they are located and how to find the correct location on everybody and how to put together point prescriptions for whatever scenario your client is facing. You will end the course feeling confident in being able to add acupressure to your valuable toolkit for positive birth experiences. You will also feel empowered to be able to help your clients with natural, safe, drug-free approaches to keeping them comfortable and being able to achieve the best pregnancy, birth and postpartum period possible.
After your initial investment in the course, there is no additional equipment to purchase. This is a very valuable tool that is doesn't require extra special tools or hard-to-operate equipment.
- The theory behind the 5,000 year old medicine and why it works so well.
- How to effectively apply acupressure
- How to locate the points correctly every time and confidently
- Acupressure protocols to use during pregnancy for conditions such as heartburn, constipation, nausea and vomiting, sciatica, lower back pain, malposition of fetus, high blood pressure, insomnia, fear, anxiety, and so many more!
- Learn how to get labor established or re-start a stalled labor by dilating the cervix and getting contractions started, what to do if there is a cervix lip and how to ease contraction pains
- Ease the recovery and postpartum period by using acupressure for several of the most common conditions such as low milk supply, mastitis, baby blues, anxiety, depression, pain and more!
- The most common acupoints and their functions
- Be able to educate your clients and their birth partners on how to have a healthier pregnancy
Research Supporting the Use of Acupressure During Pregnancy
Hjelmstedt A, Shenoy ST, Stener-Victorin E, Lekander M, Bhat M, Balakumaran L, Waldenström U. Acupressure to reduce labor pain. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2010 Nov;89(11):1453-9.
A randomized controlled trial within an Indian public hospital to evaluate the effect of acupressure on pain levels when administered during the active phase of labor with women having their first baby
213 women having their first baby were randomized to receive either
- Acupressure at SP6 (Sanyinjiao) on both legs during contractions over a 30-minute period
- Light touch at SP6 (Sanyinjiao) on both legs during the same period of time
- Standard care
Their experience of labor pain was assessed by visual analog scale at baseline before treatment, immediately after treatment, and at 30, 60 and 120 minutes after treatment.
The study was conducted in a large public hospital in India where epidural analgesia is not an option in normal labor and where women cannot bring a companion. All women in the study had uncomplicated pregnancies and been transferred to the labor room with a cervical dilatation between 3 and 7 cm. The women in the acupuncture group were treated with acupressure at SP6 (Sanyinjiao) on both legs simultaneously during each contraction over a period of 30 minutes.
A reduction of in-labor pain was found in the acupressure group and was most noticeable immediately after treatment. Retrospectively (2–24 hours after birth), the women in the acupuncture group remembered having had less pain during labor and said they coped better with their labor pain compared with the standard care Compared to the women in the touch group, those in the acupuncture group remembered having coped better with the pain. The authors concluded that acupressure seems to reduce pain during the active phase of labor in women having their first baby and that that acupressure may be most effective during the initial phase of labor.
This study reinforces a previous study that also found the use of acupressure on SP 6 (Sanyinjiao) reduced pain for women during active labour. While it is positive that these studies are exploring the use of acupressure as pain relief for women, it is very disheartening that they focus only on the use of a specific point. Clinical experience suggests that there are a variety of acupressure points that a woman may find useful. The reality of following up hundreds of women from clinical practice, after having taught them nine acupressure to use, has been that very few that found SP6 (Sanyinjiao) the most useful point for pain relief. It may be that there are greater benefits than those found in the study through letting women and their support people select the acupuncture points they find most suitable for the different stages of labour.
A single blind randomized clinical trial was performed on 120 eligible nulliparas women who were at the beginning of active phase of labor (3-4 cm dilatation of cervix plus proper uterine contractions). One group received acupressure massage at Spleen 6 acupoint and the other group received a simple touch on the point.
- The mean duration of active phase was shorter in group that received acupressure on Spleen 6.
- There was a significantly lower c-section rate in the group that received acupressure.
- The severity of pain in the case group was less than the control group.
- There was a reduced chance of the necessity of pitocin and when needed, the amount was less.
- Conclusion: Acupressure at Sanyinjiao point (SP6) reduced the duration and severity of pain of the active phase of labor, cesarean section rates, and necessity and amount of oxytocin.
Disclaimer: Please don't attempt acupressure on a pregnant woman until you've been trained by a licensed acupuncturist to do so. There are points that are not advisable until after 37 weeks gestation and can be dangerous to do before that time.