DIY Natural Pain Relief in Labour
I was demonstrating how to locate a number of acupressure points that relieve pain and help the uterus to contract. This one on the hand relives pain and helps energy to descend.
A number of studies have shown specific points used in labour and childbirth can relieve pain, increase the speed and quality of contractions and calm the woman. Safe, non invasive and easy to learn acupressure is far more practical that acupuncture during labour as it allows the woman to move about freely and be in any position: sitting, leaning against a wall or on all fours. It can also be used in water.
This acupressure on a point on the sole of the foot is calming and useful with fear and anxiety during labour.
This point four finger widths above the ankle bone connects to the uterus and helps with the quality and strength of contractions.
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Sally Lancaster is a registered acupuncturist and shiatsu practitioner and works from her home clinic Wellbeing East in Walthamstow.