Heard the new saying, “sitting is the new smoking”? There is significant evidence that sitting for a prolonged time negatively affects our health, and is a social epidemic comparable to smoking.
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Chronic pain affects about 100 million American adults, and costs our nation up to $635 billion each year (2012, National Institute of Health). Pain is officially a public health problem.
Alternative therapies like massage, acupuncture and acupressure have all shown great results in the area of pain management, particularly when related to muscles. Essentially, all three practices involve the application of pressure to the muscles, thus relieving aches and pains. In massage, human or mechanical forces are used to rub and knead muscles to relieve built up tension. In acupuncture, thin needles are used to prick muscles in certain points, again with the aim to relieve built up tension. Acupressure is based on the same principles as acupuncture, but instead of using needles, pressure is applied with the human hand.