2006, Cilt 13, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 043-047
Arş.Gör. Gülendam HAKVERDİOĞLU, Arş.Gör. Gülergün TÜRK
Ege Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Yüksekokulu
Keywords: Acupressure therapy, nurse, patient

Acupressure is a therapy for the relief of pain symptoms that places physical pressure on different points on the surface of the body through greater balance and circulation of energies in the body. The therapy is similar to acupuncture and is practiced by applying pressure with the fingers, hand, palms, elbows, and knee to certain selected points on the body to regulate the internal flow of energy. Acupressure techniques is noninvasive, safe and effective.

Acupressure has been suggested to alleviate lower back pain, headaches, osteoarthritis pain, neck pain, musculoskelatal pain, pain before and after surgery, nausea-vomiting and sleep disturbance in patients.

Acupressure has implications for multi dimensional nursing practice. Therefore education of nurses about these therapies practicing in clinical setting is important. Nurses should use acupressure as a noninvasive, safe, and effective treatment modalities in their practices.