A DVD/download is now available which demonstrates acupressure techniques for labour.
Perfect for pregnant women and their partners, as well as health professionals working
with pregnant women.
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When you draw an imaginary line between the bony prominence of the neck (C7), and
the top of the shoulder joint (the acromion process), this point lies midway along
this curved line, at the highest point of the shoulder muscle. It will feel tender
with a numbing/ buzzing/ warming sensation (this sensation varies with individuals).
The sensation is stronger on this point than any other points along this line You
can find this point on yourself by bringing your hand diagonally across your chest
and palpating with your index finger along this "imaginary line."
It is important that support people apply firm downwards pressure with their thumb/
knuckle/ elbow. This acupressure point responds to pressure, massaging and rubbing
the area can be irritating for women during labour.
When using the thumbs the pressure needs to come from the arms rather than the thumb
joint - otherwise people will end up with very sore thumbs.
It is not unusual for support people to resort to using the ends of two wooden spoons,
but it is preferable to start with using hands when possible. These acupressure
points are usually used with the support person applying pressure using their knuckles
on both shoulders together, but I know of women who have successfully used this
on themselves using only one shoulder at a time.
The pressure can be applied at the beginning of each contraction or continual gentle
pressure applied that is intensified during contractions.
This acupressure point has a descending action to aide the first and second stages
of labour and can stimulate uterine contractions.
point is to be used with caution during pregnancy