(KUTV) Seeing your young child in pain and not knowing what to do about it can be devastating as a parents. However, there are minimally invasive techniques like acupressure that can help.
“It basically is the idea that the body goes out of balance,” says Karena Luttmer, Integrative Medicine Consultant at Primary Children’s Hospital.
At Primary Children’s Hospital, acupressure treats children by looking at the whole child using an integrative approach. It combines Western and Eastern medicine into one spot.
“We look at what’s kind of going on with the child as far as symptoms as well as what the child looks like to us,” says Luttmer.
Luttmer explains everyone has channels of energy that run throughout the body. When we get sick, when something goes wrong, there’s usually an obstruction, a deficiency, or an excess with one or more channel. With acupressure, they use these channels to address symptoms and get rid of pain.
“If a child has constipation then we will figure out why the constipation is taking place and then we will go ahead and activate those points that will help the child go to the bathroom,” says Luttmer.
Acupressure helps treat anything from teething and colic to sinus infections and fevers. They treat a lot of digestive problems, headaches, and general pain.
During an appointment, inpatient or outpatient, parents learn what points to target and how they can help their child at home. It’s important to stimulate a point for only 10-30 seconds at a time and a total of no more than 10-15 minutes per day; more than that can stimulate the child too much and wear them out.
“Half the time the children don’t know they’re getting a treatment because you’re just massaging very gently,” says Luttmer.
1) Large Intestine 4 – On the top of the hand, in the web between the thumb and pointer finger
Good for – Headache, neck pain, tooth pain, eye problems
2) Liver 3 – On top of the food between the big toe and the second toe
Good for – Leg pain, hip pain, ankle pain, headache, stomach discomfort
3) Pericardium 6 – Inside the crease of the wrist
Good for – Nausea, stomach pain, emotional upset
4) Stomach 36 – Four fingers below the bottom of the knee cap
Good for – Stomach aches, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, low energy
5) Du 20 – On top of the head
Good for – Anxiety, depression, anger, frustration
Parents love acupressure because not only can you do it anywhere and at any time, but it can also mean less medicine for your child.
“A lot of these children, the parents don’t want to put them on a lot of pharmaceuticals. [Acupressure] is traditional, but we know it works,” says Luttmer.