Acupressure Wrist Band: FSA Eligibility
Revenue Ruling 72-593
What is acupressure?
Acupressure is often referred to as "acupuncture without needles," as it applies the same principles to treat specific medical conditions, promote relaxation and channel the body's own ability to naturally heal itself. As opposed to needles in the practice of acupuncture, acupressure concentrates on these same pressure points, or acupoints, that lie along meridians or channels in the body. It is believed that these meridians are interconnected with organs and tissues throughout the body, and those which are out of balance can cause illness.
The belief of acupressure practitioners is that activation of these points with pressure can improve blood flow, relieve tension and allow energy to flow more freely throughout the body. Acupressure takes on a number of regional styles, including other Asian bodywork therapies like qigong and Tuina, as well as the Japanese style of Shiatsu.
Acupressure is used as a means of pain relief, reducing tension in sore muscles and to promote deep states of relaxation, similar to massage therapy. Because of its concentration on acupoints and their relation to the body's overall balance, acupressure practitioners have also developed techniques that can treat conditions like fibromyalgia, headaches, neck and back pain and much more (WebMD).
While acupressure's roots are based in more than 5,000 years of Asian medicine, it is mostly discounted by Western medical professionals and believe that any form of pain relief that arises from the treatments are more related to the same physical effects that occur during massage therapy. The body's natural release of endorphins, reduced muscle tension and improved circulation that arises from these treatments could account for the natural pain relief qualities that acupressure espouses.
What is an acupressure wrist band?
Acupressure wrist bands are devices that target the specific acupressure point along the inner wrist, which provide consistent pressure as long as the user is wearing the device. While these bands do not have the total body benefits that other mats and acupressure practices may offer, acupressure wrist bands have been known to be extremely helpful in treating nausea and motion sickness. In particular, individuals who are pregnant and experiencing morning sickness, those who experience nausea from headaches, motion sickness or are undergoing anesthesia/chemotherapy have reported positive results from these bands in relieving their nausea symptoms (Mayo Clinic).