Acupuncture is an ancient form of alternative medicine that originated in China. In Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM, the body is comprised of pressure points in which the life force chi flows. If certain pressure points are blocked, positive energy cannot flow through. The blockages cause sickness including chronic pain.
Acupuncture works by alleviating pain through the insertion of thin needles in various “pressure points” of the body. Although acupuncture does not heal ailments completely, it is proven to reduce chronic aches and pains, including back pain. In today’s post, we are listing down the most important pressure points in the body to alleviate back pain:
1. Stomach Point
The stomach point is located under the navel or belly button. This pressure point is called the “Sea of Energy.” To treat lower back pain, a needle is inserted directly into the sea of energy. Firm pressure is also applied to remove the blockage in the body that inhibits the chi from flowing. The treatment will strengthen the abdominal muscles and condition the lower back.
2. Lower Back Point
The point of the lower back is located near the spine, between second and third lumbar vertebrae. This point is called the “Sea of Vitality.” Needles are inserted into the sea of vitality to heal chronic lower back pains, reduce fatigue and treat sciatic pains. Pressure is also applied on the lower back point but only if the patient can take the pressure. If the patient is weak, application of pressure is not recommended.
3. Hipbone Points
Pressure in the hip bone can affect the back, causing pain. The hip bone points are also called, “Womb and Vitals.” These points are located in the middle of the buttock’s base, on the top of the hipbone. To alleviate pain by triggering the hipbone points, needles are inserted in the outer sacrum the base of the spine and pressure is also applied. The treatment will heal sciatic pain, pelvic stress, chronic lower back pain, and hip pain.
4. Knee Back Points
Triggering the knee back points reduces back stiffness and knee pain. The knee back points are located at the back of the kneecap. This pressure point is called the “Commanding Middle.” With firm pressure on the Commanding Middle, the treatment will reduce arthritic pain, sciatic pain and well as swollen knee joints and back pain.
5. Foot Points
The pressure points are triggered depending on two situations: sleeping and sitting.
Acupressure Foot Point while sleeping rests between the big toe and the second toe. Tender pressure is applied to this pressure point to relieve back pain. Stimulating this pressure point also boosts the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
On the other hand, the Foot Point while sitting is located on the bottom pads of the foot from the heel to the toe. This region is massaged to alleviate back pain while sitting down. Stimulating this pressure point also relaxes the back muscles, preventing stiffness.
6. Hand Point
A nerve in the hand point is directly connected to the back. Stimulating the hand point helps reduce back pain, muscle stress, and stiffness. The hand point is located between the index finger and the thumb. Apply firm pressure on the hand point for a few seconds, release and repeat. Do this two to three times to alleviate back pain.