Almost everyone at some point in their life experiences back pain end up developing chronic back pain. Whether it’s our neck, our back, or even sciatica, acupressure can help relieve and manage our pain. Fortunately, with a bit of reading and some palpation of our body, we can learn to use acupressure to decrease our back pain.
What is Acupressure?
Acupressure is a method of Chiropractic massage that focuses on balancing the Qi, or energy, of the body. While it shares the same fundamental theory as Acupuncture, acupressure relies on finger pressure, elbows, feet, or other blunt tools to stimulate acupressure points.
Acupressure stimulation has been shown to have several observable effects:
- Acupressure can increase local blood circulation in the area of stimulation.
- Acupressure can cause the release of endorphins, which are our body’s natural painkillers.
- Acupressure points may coincide with the motor points of muscles, and acupressure on these points can cause the underlying muscle to relax.
Acupressure can be a great tool to help relieve your back pain and improve your health.
What Causes Back Pain?
Back pain is commonly caused by tight muscles in the back, a sprain or strain of tendons or ligaments, spinal misalignments, or herniations of intervertebral discs. Unfortunately, most of these conditions are managed through the use of over-the-counter pain medications, such as aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen. While these medications can provide some temporary relief of back pain, they require continual use to manage the pain and do not provide any means of healing your back.
How Can You Use Acupressure To Help Your Back Pain?
Acupressure can be a great form of care for back pain. There are even several acupressure points that can easily be stimulated by us on our own bodies to help chronic back pain. While acupuncture charts are ideal to visualize the locations, we will discuss in detail the location of several points to help you find them on your body.
Acupressure points can balance the Qi of the back by either altering the local area or by adjusting the flow of Qi in the meridians, or energy pathways, that cross the back. While a discussion on the complex network of meridians is beyond our discussion, we can still use these points to provide relief of our back pain.
Urinary Bladder 23 and Urinary Bladder 52 are two local acupressure points that can be very beneficial in treating lower back pain by relaxing the low back muscles and tonifying the Kidneys.
LingGu is the Chinese name of an extra acupressure point found by a famous acupuncturist named Master Tung, and can be used to treat back pain. This acupressure point is especially useful in treating the condition of sciatica.
The area between Lung 5 and Lung 6 can be used as a reactive area to treat back pain. Massaging this area can balance the meridians along the spine, relaxing those muscles. We can locate the Lung 5 acupressure point by bending your arm at the elbow and holding our hand so our palm is faced upwards.
Helpful Tips for Acupressure for Back Pain
- Breathe deeply when performing acupressure on yourself.
- Focus your attention on the acupressure point as you apply stimulation to increase the effects.
- Acupressure stimulation should feel strong, but should not be an uncomfortable level of pressure.
- Gentle stretching exercises, such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong, can be beneficial for back pain conditions.
- Even though self acupressure treatment is helpful, receiving treatment from an acupuncturist can more effectively improve your back condition.
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