Acupressure is as old as instinct itself - the natural response to hold a place on your body that is aching, wounded, or tense.
The impulse that makes you double over and press your stomach in response to abdominal cramps is an example of the instinctive practice of acupressure. Everyone at some time or another has used their hand spontaneously to hold tense or painful places on the body. It may well be the ancient form of physical therapy.
Manipulation means many different things to different people. To most manipulative health professionals spine manipulations implies an effort hands-on to restore normal function of the spine and the body.
There are some main different attitudes towards spinal disorders, and consequently a few different intentions in spinal manipulations. The major types of spinal manipulation approach consist of osteopathy, chiropractic, manipulative physiotherapy and also orthopedic medicine. All these approaches have their successes; hence, in a simple case it does not matter what theories the manipulator has or what technique he employs.