Applying the right type and amount of pressure to the right location on the body can often achieve positive effects for both acute and chronic conditions. Because the term 'pressure' is somewhat vague, descriptions will be included with the links to conditions that may be helped by it.
Aside from CPR and dialing 911, there may be additional measures one can take when a heart attack occurs. Without help, a person whose heart stops beating properly and who begins to feel faint has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
These victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds, non-stop until help arrives or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. Some claim that biting or stimulating the tips of the little fingers (heart meridian) can provide needed stimulation at this critical time, and improve the prospects of recovery.
Many individuals with migraine can obtain effective relief by simply applying an elastic band around the head, securing it with Velcro, and inserting rubber discs (or any available substitute such as a bottle cap) for added local pressure over the areas of maximum pain. A study utilizing a 2-inch elastic band approximately 25 inches long with Velcro at each end showed impressive results with this non-drug approach for relief. Firm rubber discs the thickness of a finger and a little over an inch in diameter were employed. Patients were instructed to place these discs under the elastic headband over the area of maximum pain. Almost every patient in the study reported benefit. Twenty-three patients used the band for a total of 69 headaches. Forty of the headaches were relieved by more than 80% and 15 additional headaches improved by more than 50%.