acupressure points

acupressure points

Acupressure is a form of alternative medicine that uses the fingers to gradually press on key healing points on the body. The principle behind acupressure: It helps relieve tension, increases circulation, reduces pain, and develops spirituality and dynamic health by stimulating specific pressure points on your body. Acupressure uses the same pressure points (or meridians) as acupuncture and maybe a beneficial and natural way to treat foot pain. A clinical study has evaluated the effectiveness of acupuncture and demonstrated that it provides significant pain relief in patients with chronic foot pain. If you want to try alternative medicine for foot pain, acupressure might be for you.

Treat heel pain with acupressure

Get the acupressure charts.

These diagrams show the exact location of the points described below. Unless you are very familiar with acupressure points, you will need the charts to locate the correct pressure points on your body. Check out the following websites for free acupressure charts: Qi-journal.com

Practice two different techniques of acupressure.

Acupressure points are stimulated in two different ways: either by squeezing (increasing) or by reducing. Press technique: Press the specific spot with your fingers or something blunt (like an eraser on the end of a pencil) for between 30 seconds and 2 minutes. Shorter pressures can also be used, and even a few seconds can provide relief. Reduction Technique: Place your finger over a point and rotate it counterclockwise for 1 to 2 minutes. Apply enough pressure to feel the pressure, but not too much (you shouldn’t feel any pain). Apply one or both of the above techniques to each of the acupressure points mentioned below for 30 seconds to two minutes per point (unless instructed otherwise).

Stimulate the kidney meridian points.

These are under the foot. Consult the acupuncture charts to find these points on your body. Stimulate one or more of the following: Feliu KI-7 (at the anterior, inner side of the Achilles tendon) and Jiaoxin KI-8 (the anterior, inner side of the rounded border of the shin, above the ankle) points. Apply pressure to these two points at the same time. Dazhong KI-4 (behind and below the medial malleus, or the bony knob on the inside of your ankle) and Shuiquan KI-5 (on the inside of the heel in a depression but in front of KI-4) points. Yongquan KI-1 (on the sole of the foot) together with the liver meridian point Taichong LV-3 (on the back of the foot). Applying acupressure to these two points will help treat tendons and ligaments.

Stimulate the bladder meridian points.

These acupuncture points are indicated for diseases in the lower limbs, head, neck, eyes, back and groin. Stimulate the following two points: Weizhong BL-54 (at the very top of your hamstring, closer to the inner part of the back of your leg) and Chengshan BL-57 (under the calf muscle) points.

Stimulate the local and adjacent points at an injured site.

The Shimian M-LE 5, in the center of the heel, is a local point that acts as a target zone for the plantar fascia and its connection to the heel bone. Apply acupressure to the Shimian M-LE 5 for 30 seconds to two minutes.

Use acupressure points to release endorphins.

Activating pressure points relieves pain and relaxes muscle tension by releasing endorphins. These endorphins are similar to morphine in that they numb the pain. By putting pressure on the Liver meridian LV-3 and Gallbladder meridian GB-41 points, you can enable your body to produce its own painkillers. In Chinese medicine, the liver is an energy organ. When someone has a liver imbalance, they are more susceptible to tendinitis and repetitive stress injuries. Taichong LV-3 is located on the foot between the first and second metatarsal bones. Zulinqi GB-41 is also on the foot, but between the fourth and fifth metatarsal bones. Relieve pain by pressing your fingers firmly and consistently on the two points for two minutes. Breathe in and out deeply.

Treat ankle pain with acupressure

Stimulate the “Illuminated Sea” point.

This pressure point (also known as KL-6) is found on the inner side of the ankle, a thumb’s width below the ankle bone. This will help relieve swollen and stiff ankles. Place your thumbs an inch from your knuckles. Use both thumbs to apply pressure to both pressure points at the same time.

Involve the “Qiuxu” point.

This acupressure point (also known as GB-40) is located in the large cavity in front of the lateral talus. Stimulating this point relieves ankle problems including sprains, swelling and sciatica. Press this point with a finger or pencil for 1 to 2 minutes, alternating between light and firm pressure every 60 seconds. You can eventually work your way up to five to ten minutes of pressure. You can use fingers, knuckles, the edges of your hands, an eraser on a pencil, etc. to apply pressure. If you use your hands, you should alternate them about every minute to avoid getting tired.

Stimulate the “High Mountain” point. This point (also known as BL-60) is located in the cavity between the external talus and the Achilles tendon.

This can help with swollen feet, ankle pain, thigh pain, arthritis in the ankles, lower back pain and improve blood circulation. Place your thumb on the point between the outer ankle bone and the Achilles tendon. Press this point for five minutes, releasing the pressure for a few seconds after every 30 seconds. Repeat 2 or 3 times each night for faster relief. This point is contraindicated during pregnancy.

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This point (also known as BL-62) is the first indentation just below the lateral talus. It is one-third the distance from the outside of the ankle bone to the heel. This will help relieve heel pain, ankle pain, insomnia and general foot pain. At this point, apply the reducing technique for a minute or two. Repeat every day if necessary.

Tips

If you have very thick fingers, you may not feel the full effect of pressing on acupressure points because the area is being subtly stimulated. Use a pencil eraser or knuckle to increase the effect. Acupressure is not the same as reflexology, although both are considered reflexology. Reflexology focuses on the feet and was developed in the 20th century. Acupressure, on the other hand, uses the entire body and has been around for thousands of years. Read our blog to learn more about how to use acupressure.

Warnings

Always consult your doctor first before trying alternative medicine. Foot pain could be caused by other serious conditions, such as a broken bone.