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Acupressure

Acupressure was developed thousands of years ago along with the other pillars of Chinese Medicine. Instead of needles (as in acupuncture),the hand, forearm and elbows are used to relieve and prevent pain and illness. The Chinese word qi translates as "energy" or "breath". Qi (aka chi, ki, prana) flows through channels, or meridians, in the body. From the perspective of Chinese Medicine, disease and pain start when there is stagnation in the flow of Qi along these meridians. Acupressure points along the meridians are used to relieve this stagnation. When one is healthy, qi energy is well distributed throughout. Any type of disease, disability or pain shows that qi is out of balance. When there is a blockage, qi cannot get to certain areas so one part of the body is getting too much chi, while another part is getting too little. Unlike Western medicine acupressure considers the whole being. If the root problem is corrected, the symptoms resolve. The basic theory behind all acupressure work involves the Chinese principle of chi, or life energy. Qi is constantly moving into areas of deficiency & away from areas of excess. When imbalance is caused illness or trauma blockages occur and stagnation, deficiency or excess require intervention to be corrected. By applying pressure on acupressure points (acupoints) or along the meridians through which qi flows, balance can restored.

Holistic Physical Therapist, Bill Gallagher, has studied, practiced and taught acupressure (including tui na, shiatsu, trigger point work) for more than 15 years. He has integrated acupressure with other manual therapies (see integrative manual therapy), Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, Feldenkrais, Alexander and prescriptive exercise to treat pain syndromes, speed healing of trauma and address disability. He sees clients at his office on the Upper West Side (UWS) of New York City (NYC). He also makes home visits to the Upper East Side (UES) and Upper West Side (UWS) of Manhattan.

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