6 Self-acupressure points to relieve back pain
Acupressure originated in China nearly three millenniums ago. It involves applying pressure to acupuncture points across the body to help ease pain and improve overall well-being.
In acupressure technique, pressure to these points helps to encourage the flow of a vital energy called Qi (pronounced chi) through pathways called meridians which connect the body’s vital organs.
Here are 6 important acupressure points to reduce back pains.
Choose a quiet environment and concentrate on applying the pressure on these points for about 1 to 2 minutes each.
You can repeat this exercise as often as you want.
Please note that if you are suffering from severe chronic back pain, do NOT apply pressure to any of the acupuncture points described. Instead, you should consult an expert or a doctor for their advice.
This acupressure point (CV6) is located 2 fingers below the belly button. Apply firm pressure with your index or middle finger.
2 Lower back acupressure points:
Place your hands on your waist and move your thumbs towards the spine to locate the points, then apply firm pressure.
3 Hip bone acupressure points:
These points are situated on both sides on the hip bone, approximately two finger widths from the large bony area at the bottom of your spine (B48), and midway between the top of your hipbone and the base of your buttocks (GB30).
Apply gentle pressure with your 2 thumbs on these 2 pressure points on each side.
4 Knee acupressure points:
Sit down with your legs straight or stand up and place your hands on the side of your knee.
With your index or middle fingers locate the points in the hollow of the knee and press firmly.
5 Hand acupressure points:
This point is located 2 finger widths from the joint of the thumb and index finger.
With your other hand squeeze the point between the thumb and index finger as shown in the picture.
Apply firm pressure on this point for a few seconds and then release.
Repeat this 4 to 5 times. Then switch to the other hand.
6 Foot acupressure points:
This point is located between your big toe and second toe (Liv3), 2 fingers widths above from where they join.
Apply medium to strong pressure with your thumb or index finger, as this point can be slightly tender.
Repeat on the other foot.
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