Do you often experience pain in some regions of your body? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of people around the world suffer from chronic pain. This blog post will discuss different pressure points that can help provide relief from discomfort. These tips are quick and easy to follow and can be done anywhere, anytime!
This article provides different body and hand pressure points that relieve common discomforts. Each section includes a brief description of the pain or discomfort you can expect to alleviate when using this point, as well as an explanation of how to locate the correct pressure point.
- Headache Pressure Point
- Jaw Pain Pressure Point
- Neck Pain Pressure Point
- Back Pain Pressure Point
- Nausea and vomiting pressure point
- Shoulder Pain Pressure Point
- Stress Alleviation Pressure Point
- Sciatica Pressure Point
- Abdominal Pain Pressure Point
- Memory and Concentration Pressure Point
How Pressure Points Work
Pressure points are specific areas on the body that, when stimulated, can help to provide relief from pain or discomfort. Many pressure points can be used, each offering its own unique benefits.
One of the most common ways to stimulate pressure points is massage. Massaging these points can help to improve blood circulation and relieve muscle tension. Pressure points can also be stimulated with acupuncture, acupressure, or reflexology.
These traditional Chinese Medicine methods use different techniques in targeting vital energy to flow through these specific pressure points. Acupuncture points use needles, while reflexology uses pressure and massage. Acupressure uses a combination of both massage and pressure.
No matter which method you choose, it is essential to find the right pressure point. Pressure points come in pairs, and they need to be worked on simultaneously. For example, if you are looking for a pressure point that will help with sinus congestion, you would look for the area between your eyebrows and massage this spot with firm pressure until the pain is relieved.
It’s important to remember that not every method will provide relief for every type of pain. Pressure points are effective tools for relieving temporary discomfort, but they cannot relieve chronic pain or injuries requiring medical attention.
How to massage your pressure points
Massaging your pressure points is a great way to relieve pain and tension. To massage your acupressure points, find the area on your body where the pain or discomfort is located. You will then need to locate the corresponding pressure point on your body.
When using acupressure to apply self-massage, you must be patient and consistent. Improvements may not be immediate, but regular massage can reduce pain and the likelihood of recurrences.
When using acupressure:
- Set aside several minutes.
- Sit or lie down in a comfortable position.
- Relax, close your eyes, and breathe deeply.
- Use firm, deep pressure in a small rotating; or
- Use up-and-down movement.
Common pressure points
There are many pressure points on the body that can be used to help relieve common discomforts. Pressure points that relieve toothaches, sinus pressure, pain in the feet and legs, back pain, shoulder tension, indigestion, hiccups, sore throats, and headaches are all simple to locate on your own. By learning how to find the right pressure points for you, you can provide instant relief from many types of discomfort.
Headache Pressure Points
The headache pressure point is located on the back of your head, between your skull and your neck. To find it, massage the area with firm pressure until the pain is relieved. This pressure point is effective for headaches caused by tension or stress.
Whenever you feel headaches, you can also massage the hand valley point, the part of your hand between the thumb and index finger. Massage it gently for a few minutes. This also helps get rid of toothaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, arthritis pain, constipation, and hangovers. Moreover, make sure your hand is in the shape of a claw so that you access the acupressure point in the best way.
Jaw Pain Pressure Points
The jaw pain pressure point is located in the depression below your ears. To find it, use your fingers to apply pressure until you feel a tender spot. This pressure point helps relieve tension headaches and jaw pain.
You can also use ST6 or the Jiache stomach meridian. This acupoint is halfway between the corner of the mouth and the bottom of the earlobe. To find the Jiache, a person should clench their jaw and feel for the muscles that flex in the cheeks. Applying pressure here may relieve toothache and swelling and decrease pain or spasms in the jaw.
Neck Pain Pressure Points
There are five known neck pressure points that you can use.
Jian Jing (GB21)
Jian Jing is located in your shoulder muscles, roughly midway between your neck and the beginning of your arms. This point has been successfully utilized in acupuncture studies of headache and muscular tension. Jian Jing may also effectively treat the discomfort of a painful or stiff neck. It is important to note that stimulating this point may cause labor, therefore do not stimulate it to treat neck discomfort if you are pregnant.
He Gu (L14)
The He Gu point is located between your thumb and forefinger on the “web” fold of skin. According to reflexologists, stimulating this point can relieve pain in many different body areas, including your neck. Again, avoid massaging this spot if you are pregnant.
Wind Pool (Feng Chi/GB20)
Feng Chi is located behind your earlobe near your neck and at the base of your skull. This reflexology point is used to cure everything from exhaustion to headaches. Stimulating this pressure point may help relieve stiffness in the neck caused by sleeping in an unpleasant posture.
Zhong Zu (TE3)
The Zhong Zu point is positioned above your pinky and ring fingers, between the knuckles. This pressure point may stimulate multiple sections of your brain when triggered, facilitating circulation and tension release. Stimulate this area to reduce tension or stress-related neck ache.
This point may be found on either side of your neck, about two inches on top of your backbone. (It’s directly above your shoulders.) Stimulating this point may help relieve congestion and enlarged lymph nodes, which can produce a painful neck.
Back Pain Pressure Points
Two primary pressure areas can alleviate lower back discomfort.
The first can be found on your waist:
- Stand up and gently grip your waist with both hands.
- Wrap your thumbs around your back with your hands.
- Apply a circular motion with your thumbs in place.
- For a count of five seconds, move your hand with firm pressure.
- Repeat three times more.
You may also find a pressure point to ease low back pain around halfway up your calf muscle:
- Continuing with the same circular motion and pressure, hold for 5 seconds.
- Release and repeat twice more.
Nausea and Vomiting Pressure Point
Place the hand palm up and use three fingers to measure roughly an inch down the wrist to find it. The inner gate point is here, approximately in the center of the wrist. Practitioners recommend using the thumb of the other hand to firmly massage this pressure point to relieve motion sickness, nausea, and stomach pain.
Shoulder Pain Pressure Points
The acupressure point is in the groove on the back of the hand between the 4th and 5th fingers. The groove is below the knuckles. Massage and stimulate the area using deep, firm pressure. Repeat, on the other hand.
You can also try massaging the Large Intestine 10. Located on the front side of the elbow, you may press this point to relieve shoulder pain and neck tightness.
Stress Alleviation Pressure Points
There is one pressure point that is particularly effective in alleviating stress. The point is located on the top of your head, in the center. To find it:
- Use your fingers to part your hair until you feel a small, soft lump.
- Apply pressure to this point for several seconds, then release.
- Repeat as necessary.
You may have a tight feeling in the center of your head due to multitasking, overworking, or excessive stress. You may also place your middle finger directly between your brows to relieve the ache. Press it for about a minute to make you feel at peace. This acupressure technique can aid with chronic stress, exhaustion, memory, focus, and eye strain.
Sciatica Pressure Points
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body. When it becomes irritated or compressed, the condition is known as sciatica. Pressure on this nerve can cause pain, tingling, and numbness in the lower back, hip, and leg. There is a pressure point that may help relieve sciatica symptoms.
The point is located on the outside of your ankle between your calf muscle and Achilles tendon. Press your thumb into the fleshy area while extending your ankle. You can now start by applying gentle pressure to the point for a minute or two. Repeat on the other ankle if necessary.
There is also a point located directly in the middle of the crease at the back of each knee. This point treats all the major pain sensations felt along the spine. It also helps to control muscle spasms, knee pain, arthritis, leg pain, and it helps to dissipate excess heat trapped in the body.
Abdominal Pain Pressure Points
The abdominal pain pressure point is located on the lower abdomen, four fingers width below the navel. Apply pressure with your thumb and massage in a circular motion. Repeat as necessary. This pressure point may help to relieve cramps, indigestion, and constipation.
You can also apply pressure to the point just outside the shin bone right below the knee cap. This can help improve digestion, relieve constipation and bloating, and boost the immune system.
Memory and Concentration Pressure Points
This point is located on the top of the foot, where the big toe and second toe bones meet. This pressure point can help to improve memory and concentration by stimulating the flow of energy to the brain. It may also help to relieve stress and tension headaches. Press it gently for a couple of minutes, release, and repeat if required.
Another pressure point you may want to know is the outer gate point, found between two tendons on the backside of the arm. Place three fingers from your other hand above your wrist. Use those fingers to apply firm pressure to this part of your hand to potentially give your immune system a quick boost.
You can do these exercises multiple times each day, but you should take a break if any locations are painful to the touch. When performing acupressure, you can apply gentle pressure and then slowly progress to a firmer touch. Tension and stress are common causes of discomfort sensations described above. For these techniques to have the most impact, you must relax and eliminate stressors in your life. If you’re having trouble relaxing and simultaneously self-massaging, you may always ask a friend or family member for assistance.