Your pulse is actually your heart rate. Every time your heat beats in a minute, the arteries do as well. Arteries contain muscle that contracts and relaxes pumping blood away from the heart to the body. The artery in the wrist is a good place to take the pulse. You must count the beats you feel in a ten second time period and multiply that by 6. This will give you beats per minute. Remember that a person at rest will have a lower pulse than one who is exercising. A person who is stressed or who has a fever will have a higher pulse rate. The pulse can also be felt along the neck, upper arm or at the temples. Sometimes a comparison is made of a person's pulse at rest, during exercise or after exercise to find out about their overall health.
The to major places you check someones pulse is either wrapping your hand around their wrist ( i.e. feeling the throbbing sensation from the RADIAL Artery) or by placing 2 fingers on the side of their neck ( Carotid Artery). This is just to check the heart rate to check for tachycardia or bradycardia.
Yo touch an artery (that is close to the surface of the skin because it crosses over a bone) when you take your pulse.
The pulse in your neck is called a carotid artery, the wrist pulse is a radial artery. There are also a brachial artery, Dorsalis Pedis artery, and a femoral artery.