The Science

Acupressure originally came from India and therefore was developed in Japan in the form of Shiatsu massage. The technique is also used as an alternative (and healthier) practice to acupuncture.

The science behind the Acupressure Mat

Study Results: Reflexo-Therapy With Mechanical Cutaneous Stimulation: Pilot Study

  • 98%Reported pain relief
  • 96%Reported improved relaxation
  • 94%Reported improved sleep
  • 81%Reported Improved energy

Study Results: The Benefit Of A Mechanical Needle Stimulation Pad in Patients with Chronic Neck and Lower Back Pain

  • Substantial potential for alleviating chronic neck and back pain
  • Increased pain threshold in individuals
  • Increased relaxation
  • A benefit of the pad is that it’s easy to use, safe, and does not require a therapist

Study Results:Relaxing On A Bed Of Nails: An Exploratory Study Of The Effects On The Autonomic, Cardiovascular, and Respiratory Systems, and Saliva Cortisol

  • Healthy participants were able to adapt to the induced pain of the bed of nails
  • Self-rated relaxation increased
  • Increased blood circulation

Study Results: Does Relaxation On An Acupressure Mat Induce Beneficial Effects? A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study.

  • Reduced pain intensity
  • Increased energy
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved sense of well-being

Study Results: Acupressure For Low Back Pain: A Single System Study

  • Reduced pain
  • Improved function
  • Decreased disability

Study Results: The Efficacy Of Acupressure For Symptom Management: A Systematic Review

  • Acupressure was effective in 16 of 23 studies for the management of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and chemotherapy treatment
  • Acupressure was effective in 9 of 10 studies for pain in patients with dysmenorrhea, during labour, and after trauma.
  • Acupressure was effective in 4 studies for the management of dyspnea
  • Acupressure was effective in 6 studies for improving fatigue, and reducing insomnia

Study Results: Acupressure for the Treatment of Musculoskeletal Pain Conditions: A Systematic Review

  • Acupressure is effective for the treatment of neck and lower back pain
  • Showed reduced pain and improved function

Study Results :The effects of acupressure on depression, anxiety and stress in patients with hemodialysis: A randomized controlled trial

  • The acupressure participants scored significantly lower on the Depression, Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS-21), and the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28)
  • Acupressure reduced depression, anxiety, stress, and general psychological distress in hemodialysis patients.

Study Results: Effect of Acupressure and Trigger Points in Treating Headache: A Randomized Controlled Trial

  • 1 month of acupressure treatment is more effective than 1 month of muscle relaxant treatment for patients suffering with chronic headache.
  • The positive effects remain for 6 months after treatment.

Study Results: As Acupressure Decreases Pain, Acupuncture May Improve Some Aspects of Quality of Life for Women with Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis

  • Acupressure significantly reduced pain associated with primary dysmenorrhea.