Acupressure is the less invasive form of acupuncture, which uses massage and finger pressure instead of needles, to stimulate key healing points on the body in order to treat certain problems. According to Acupressure.com, it was a part of an ancient healing art which was developed for its healing capacity. It actually originated from traditional Chinese medicine, according to Melbourne College of Professional Therapists.
Acupressure specialists utilize their elbows, feet, fingers, palms to apply pressure to the special points on the body. Using their hands, they release the power of the body to heal. It releases tension, improves circulation, diminishes pain, and increases energy. Acupressure is good for some common health issues, like stiffness, pain in the back and knees, among others.
If you are suffering from various pains and illnesses, acupressure may be for you. You only need only need to know the area in the body to focus on, and apply some pressure using your fingers. After a while you should be experiencing relief, if you did it the right way.
Which Acupressure Points Relieve Leg Pain & Stiffness?
Michael Reed Gach Ph.D at Acupressure.com recommends using acupressure points GB 34 and ST 36 to help you counteract muscular stiffness and knee pain.
Other Benefits of Acupressure Point GB34 include relieving:
- Hip Pain
- Sciatic Pain
Other Benefits of Acupressure Point ST36 include:
- Aid Digestion
- Tone Muscles
- Relieve Fatigue
- Ease Menstrual Cramps
How Do I Apply These Acupressure Points?
Modern Reflexology says that acupressure point GB34 can be found on the side of the leg, right below the knee, slightly in front of the tip of the outer leg bone. According to Natural Herbal Remedies, acupressure ST36 is four finger lengths below the knee cap and one finger width to the outside of the leg. Michael Reed also recommends briskly rubbing points GB34 and ST36 every day to help relieve muscle stiffness.
Michael Reed’s video clip below demonstrates how you can effectively apply these acupressure points (GB 34 and St 36) in greater depth, which can relieve your knee and muscular pain.
Other Tips to Relieve Muscle Pain & Stiffness
According to National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association, it is important to:
- Get plenty of deep sleep so that your muscles can properly repair and recharge.
- Sleep on the left side for better blood flow to the muscles and better lymphatic draining.
- Drink plenty of warm water after the massage, to flush away poisonous substances in the body.
- Take a hot shower to induce sweating while promoting blood circulation to help release muscle spasms.
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