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Acupressure for Pain Relief

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Toothache, vertigo, hip soreness
Use Acupoint #4, located in the depression behind your outer ankle bone
General backache
Use Acupoint #9, between the two ligaments on the back of your knee, on the crease
Use Acupoint #13, located one palm width below your navel
Shoulder pain
Use Acupoint #14, on the crease of the inside of your elbow on the thumb side when your palm is facing upward.
Headaches at the base of the skull
Use Acupoint #16, located between the two most prominent bones at the top of your spine
General headache
Use Acupoint #26, on the side of the nostril, where people commonly have a nose piercing
To try acupressure, first find a quiet and peaceful place to relax.  Apply deep pressure to the point with either a finger tip, a knuckle, or a pencil eraser for 15 to 30 seconds, and then repeat on the other side of the body.  There are over 30 different acupressure points on the body, and finding the exact location of each one takes practice and persistence.  You’ll know you found the correct location when you feel a sharp twinge, followed by a tingling sensation.  Many practitioners of acupressure say that, when done correctly, you will feel immediate relief from your symptoms. A free, at-home treatment that provides relief like that might be worth a shot!
Acupressure is generally considered safe, although people with cancer, arthritis, heart disease, varicose veins and pregnant women should talk with their doctor before trying acupressure at home or at any other facility. For optimal safety and effectiveness, ensure that your acupressure practitioner is licensed and certified.
If you are having severe or persistent symptoms, call your doctor.  Only use acupressure as a supplement to professional medical care, not as a substitute for it.
WebMD. "Acupressure Points and Massage Treatment." Accessed February 13, 2013.

Weil, Andrew, M.D. “Wellness Therapies: Acupressure.” Accessed February 13, 2013.
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Member Comments

  • Great ideas. There are a lot of YouTube videos which can help find the correct spots as well. - 8/3/2014 9:40:47 PM
  • http://www.crossr

    I found this site that shows all body acupoint.
    hope it helps. - 6/27/2013 3:04:45 PM
  • I have had accupressure, with astounding results considering that, going into it, I thought the whole practice was ridiculous. Turns out it was the only thing capable of curing my lower back pain. There was never anything about chi or balancing energies or any of that, it was just explained as manipulating pressure points. The one for my tailbone pain was located in the uppermost portion of my inner ear, which I scoffed at, but the relief was obvious and immediate. - 6/27/2013 12:17:35 AM
    2 years ago, after not getting any relief of Plantar Fasciitis from traditional treatments, I visited a licensed professional provider of Acupuncture. After about 6 sessions, the plantar fasciitis was gone! I am believer in Accupressure, pressure points and chi! - 6/4/2013 10:32:30 AM
  • I checked both those links and maybe only one of the mentioned acupressure points was listed. Was there possibly other sites where the other ones plus more are listed? - 5/31/2013 10:35:45 PM
  • I would like to try this on my hip. - 5/31/2013 3:02:05 PM
  • TFAY511847
    Acupressure DOES work & is awesome!!! I think is it not widely accepted by western medicine because of their somewhat mystic description: "problematic symptoms by balancing and circulating body energy, or chi..." HOWEVER, my acupressurist explained to me how all the muscles connect with others. If one is tight, it can pull & cause pain elsewhere. There have been numerous occasions where I thought my back was out & I needed a chiropractic adjustment, but actually it was from overuse of another muscle which caused 'pulling & pain' in my back! How do we know that was the cause? Because after working the tense muscle, my back was fine!!! =) - 5/31/2013 12:57:11 PM
  • Sounds great, I think I am going to have to try this! - 5/31/2013 11:05:55 AM

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