It was back in 1982, when I was first introduced to the concept of Acupressure points back pain relief (as an alternative to Acupuncture) through the book ‘Pain Erasure’ The Bonnie Prudden Way by Bonnie Prudden. It was introduced as a technique for erasing pain called Myotherapy by applying pressure to known trigger points.
I have used the techniques I learned from ‘Pain Erasure’ to help ease my own lower back pain, headaches and for many others over the years. When a friend of mine also named Bonnie Landsee (not Prudden), offered to write a guest blog on my website for you here, I said “Yes, please!”
Bonnie’s article is illustrated, well written, and EZ to follow. I hope you’ll put it to good use to help ease what ails you.
Please take the time to visit Bonnie’s website as well at http://www.wellness4u.org/
Also check out her kindle book:
Bringing The New Age Down To Earth: A Beginner’s Guide to Alternative Health Care and New Age Concepts [Kindle Edition] by Bonnie Landsee
Acupuncture has long been known for its effective pain relief,
but there is a way to do the same type of treatment at home without needles. In my massage practice, I frequently used acupressure for pain relief in my clients. Acupressure is the stimulation of certain acupuncture points without needles and you can easily do it yourself at home.
How To Stimulate Acupressure Points
To stimulate acupressure points, take your thumb, index finger, knuckle or the eraser top on a pencil and apply as much deep pressure as you can on the point, rotating in a counterclockwise direction. Stimulate the point vigorously for ten minutes in the morning and ten minutes in the evening. For more acute pain relief, sessions can be up to twenty minutes and repeated hourly.
Points For General Back Pain
Acupoint 09, also known as Bladder 40 in TCM. It is located behind the knee in the crease formed when the knee is bent, between the two ligaments (note: do not use this point if you have varicose veins)
Acupoint 04, also known as Bladder 60 in TCM. It is located just behind the anklebone, two finger widths behind the tip of the outer anklebone in the depression.
Acupoint 06, also known as Stomach 36 in TCM. It is located about 4 finger widths below the kneecap, just to the outside of the head of the fibula. There is an indention where this point is.
Acupoint 21, also known as Kidney 1 in TCM. This point is located at the bottom of the foot, just below the ball of the foot.
About Using Acupressure
These are simple, easy to reach points for do-it-yourself acupressure. There are many more points that you can use if have a partner that are on the back or hip areas. Please keep in mind, that acupressure is not intended to diagnose, treat, or replace seeing your physician. Also, do not use acupressure if you are more than 3 months pregnant, have a heart condition, within 20 minutes of heavy physical exercise or a large meal, and do not use acupressure on a point where there is a mole, wart, varicose vein, bruise, cut, or any other skin conditions.
While keeping these precautions in mind, give acupressure a try. It can be a great alternative to taking medications for pain relief.
by Bonnie Landsee
As always. comments and questions are welcome. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find the answer for you or find the person who will.