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How long does acupressure take to work?

I am a 34 year old male. I want to know how long does acupressure take to work?

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Acupressure can relieve headaches immediately. I am an acupuncturist and use needle stimulation on the points. I do not do acupressure.
You should feel loose and lighter after one massage session of acupressure or shiatsu that means it works!
Good afternoon,

Regarding your question, it all depends on the problem. Some problems take a longer time, some problems take a shorter time. Most of the situation takes from 3-5 visits.

I would forgo acupressure for acupuncture. Acupuncture is a much more effective treatment by far.

Al Thieme, LAc, MAOM, MSEE

A practitioner with really great energy, usually immediately
IT may provide fast results if you are stimulating effective acupuncture point for a specific reason. Also, you have to stimulate the point for a specific amount of time.
All the best
Dr. Leila
It can vary. A course of treatment is usually about 6 weeks.. once a week generally. The basic rule of thumb is the longer you’ve had a problem, the longer it takes to fix it. So if it’s some thing that is a recent problem, it usually resolve more quickly. If it’s something you’ve been experiencing chronically, for years, it could take a few months to start to get better. But Acupuncture really can help with most things.
The location of points on the ear must be accurate within 2mm or so. The easiest way to locate these points is by pressing until the most tender spot is located. Also, you’ll need to refer to a chart of points on the ear.
It completely depends on what is going on with you, how long you've had the condition, and any other health or lifestyle concerns that can impact healing. Once the provider has assessed your situation, they can give you a treatment plan that should outline the course of treatment.

Rawls Whittlesey, L.Ac.
Are you getting acupressure from someone fully trained in East Asian medicine, or some massage therapist that read a book? Or some friend who read a book about points? If it is the latter options, then you aren't doing acupressure.... so I couldn't gauge or even surmise how long it will work for someone poking you or you poking yourself will "work." It likely won't "work." Find a professional fully trained in the medicine.
The longer you’ve had the condition, the longer it will take to correct. Each person has different responses as well, so we usually tell patients to gauge how long the relief lasts after each appointment.
It should happen in a few seconds if you know where to pressure points
Some people respond immediately and for others it can take a few sessions, it just depends on you and how your system takes to the treatment.
Usually, one session of acupressure takes one hour. I think 60 minutes is good enough.
That depends mostly on if you are using the correct points. Though what can be found on the internet can be effective, the most effective points to use are best determined by your acupuncturist. That being said, the longer something has been in existence, the longer it will take to start finding changes and resolve.
Acupressure? I don't know, I don't use it a lot because it's a distant second to acupuncture in terms of patient comfort, time to relief, and the length of time relief persists.

For acupuncture patients, I usually tell them to give it at least 3 treatments before they decide it isn't working for them. I'd expect acupressure to be double that or better (6 or more treatments). In my experience, pressure techniques simply aren't as effective as needles.