A pressure point refers to a sensitive area on the human body that may produce significant effects when manipulated in a specific manner. It may produce pain relief, resolution of a headache, and may even reduce nausea or dizziness. You can exploit a pressure point for many other uses too but we will discuss here three of the most common ones. It’s also nice to know that some martial artists use pressure points in battle too. Specifically, they are capable of disabling their attackers by using a simple but forced push on a pressure point. Let’s find out more here:
The concept of pressure points spread through the South Indian martial art called Varma kalai, which is a martial art that concentrates on the body’s pressure points. The concept of pressure points is also present in the old school Japanese martial arts.
Modern Day Use
The quick option most of us opt for is pain is of course, popping a pain killer. However, we hardly think about the negative effects that it can have on our health in the long run, don’t we? Drugs can provide temporary relief to the body, but alternative therapies strengthens the body from the core by stimulating certain sensitive areas. These methods also prevent your body from relying on drugs alone.
The most commonly used pressure point are the temples. This refers to an area in each side of your head which has a small flat area between the ear and eye. The pressure points here are located approximately half an inch from the edge of the eyebrow. If you press these two points on both sides of the head simultaneously while moving your fingers in circles, you may find some relief from headaches.
Webs of the Hand
A pressure point exists in the fleshy area between the thumb and index finger on each hand. Specifically, the area is found in the webbed area. If you press firmly on this point by pinching from both sides, you will feel some discomfort. However, it has been found that stimulation of this area may help relieve tension or pain in the head and back, and perhaps even other areas.
The dokko is a specific point just behind each ear. According to Pressure Point Karate, the dokko is an effective target area in martial arts. This point is also effective for gentle stimulation to relieve stress. The dokko is located where the jaw and skull meet. In most people, this point is just under the outer ledge of the earlobe at the base of the ear.