Tip #1-Have someone on your “birth team” who knows acupressure.
Anyone can learn acupressure, but most likely this person would be a doula, massage therapist, midwife, or birth partner. Acupressure has been shown to decrease pain during labor. Neurologically, the brain can only comprehend one type of sensation at a time. When a woman’s body experiences pain during labor, acupressure will block that pain because it senses a new, more acute sensory experience. Pressure receptors in the brain override pain receptors which lead to a reduction in pain. An example of this phenomenon is the natural instinct to squeeze a stubbed toe – the pressure sensation immediately reduces the pain sensation. Acupressure also helps to decrease anxiety, and reduce the likelihood of interventions during a birth. It truly supports a woman in having her best possible birth experience.
Schedule your pre-birth acupuncture session today and learn the most commonly used acupressure point.