6 Secret Pressure Points for Pain Relief: Unlocking the Power Of Acupressure (2022)

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We all have pain at some point and being able to use pressure point for relieving pain can be a great skill to have. It’s not as hard as you think. In this article we’ll talk about the easiest way to use the various pressure points on your body to manage and alleviate pain.

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What is Acupressure

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Acupressure is an ancient method of Asian Bodywork that dates back over 5000 years. The practice of Acupressure utilizes the energy channels in the body (meridians) to optimize the natural flow of energy as a tool for improving health, reducing pain, and supporting the body’s healing abilities.

Meridian channels run throughout the body and regulate the flow of energy (also referred to as “Chi” or “Qi”) through the body. There are twelve ‘regular’ meridian channels that run through the limbs and torso in the front and back of the body which are directly associated with specific organs and systems. These channels correspond to the lungs, spleen, heart, kidneys, pericardium (heart protector), liver, large intestine, small intestine, stomach, bladder, gall bladder and the “triple warmer”. Additionally, there are eight “extraordinary” meridian channels. These are not directly linked to major organs systems, but act as conduits of Qi to support the regular meridians.

Meridian Points

Numerous “Meridian Points” are located on the surface of the skin along each of the meridian channels. These points conduct bioelectrical impulses in the body. When stimulated, the meridian points trigger a release of endorphins which increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the area, reducing pain, relaxing muscles, rebalancing the body and promoting healing. Meridian points can be triggered through touch, electrical pulses, heat or needles.

Acupressure is a sister therapy to Acupuncture. Both systems are part of Chinese Medicine and use meridian channels and points throughout the body as gateways toward healing. Acupuncture uses thin needles to stimulate the points whereas Acupressure uses touch and pressure. They can both be used for pain relief.

What is Acupressure Used For?

Acupressure provides a broad range of healing benefits to the body. Using pressure to activate the meridian points releases tension, improves blood flow, decreases pain, and unblocks the flow of Chi. Through this, it promotes deep relaxation and healing while helping your body to restore proper function.

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Acupressure and acupuncture have been used for centuries in Asian and Chinese Medicine as tools for improving health and treating a wide variety of pain and different conditions. In Chinese Medicine, the body is seen as a complex energy system. When energy flows unimpeded, the body is in balance and in a state of good health. Illness is viewed as a manifestation of imbalances and blockages in the body’s energy system. Just as water is unable to flow properly through a hose that has a kink, life force energy is unable to flow through imbalanced or blocked meridians. Acupuncture, along with herbs, meditation, diet, exercise and other practices, help restore harmony and balance in the body. When the body returns to balance, energy flow is restored.

Here are just a few things that you can use Acupressure for:

  • Releasing shoulder, neck and back tension and pain
  • Arthritis
  • Reducing headache and migraine pain
  • Improving sleep
  • Improving mood and mental state, decreasing depression
  • Reducing pain from menstrual cramps and endometriosis
  • Releasing tension and pain in joints, muscles and tendons
  • Improving sexual health
  • Treating TMJ
  • Improving digestive function
  • Decreasing nausea and stomach aches
  • Clearing sinus pressure
  • Strengthen heart function
  • Boosting immune system
  • Decreasing sexual dysfunction
  • Supporting fertility treatments
  • Improved memory and mental function

We could go on…

Both Acupressure and Acupuncture is available through trained practitioners however, unlike Acupuncture, Acupressure can also be done on yourself. As a matter of fact, you probably already use Acupressure without even realizing it. For example, when trying to concentrate, you likely place your thumb and forefinger on your forehead just above your eyebrows – this is an Acupressure point that helps with mental focus.

Simple Acupressure Points for Self-Healing

Here are some of the more common pressure points to get you started. Keep in mind that there are many, many more points than what is listed here.

Pressure points for neck pain

GB21 (Gall Bladder 21)

6 Secret Pressure Points for Pain Relief: Unlocking the Power Of Acupressure (3)GB21 releases muscle tension and pain in the neck and shoulders. Reduces stress. Reduces headaches. **

GB21 is located in the top of the shoulder, midway between the base of the neck and the tip/point of your shoulder. Use your thumb or fingertip to apply downward pressure. Hold or massage for several seconds. Breathe deeply.

**GB21 may induce labor and should never be used during pregnancy.

Acupressure points for headaches and migraines

GB20 (Gall Bladder 20)

6 Secret Pressure Points for Pain Relief: Unlocking the Power Of Acupressure (4)GB20 relieves cold symptoms, recommended for headache and migraines, decreased fatigue and helpful for blurred vision.

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GB20 is located at the base of the skull along the ridge of the occipital bone – midway between the ear and the spine where the neck muscles attach to the skull. Interlace your fingers and cup the back of your head with your thumbs extended. Use your thumbs to gently press or massage the point for several seconds. Take deep breaths and allow your body to relax.

LI4 (Large Intestine 4)

6 Secret Pressure Points for Pain Relief: Unlocking the Power Of Acupressure (5)LI4 reduces muscle tension, releases pain and relieves stress. Great for headaches, toothaches, neck pain and facial pain. Also decreases constipation. **

LI4 is a wonderful point to use for pain in the body. This point is located in the webbing between the thumb and forefinger – just at the base of the crease when you hold them together. Hold using deep firm pressure for several seconds while breathing deeply.

** LI4 may induce labor and should never be used during pregnancy.

Pressure points forstomach pain

HP6 (Heart Protector 6)

6 Secret Pressure Points for Pain Relief: Unlocking the Power Of Acupressure (6)HP6 calms the spirit and reduces anxiety. Reduces nausea, upset stomach and motion sickness. Relieves carpel tunnel syndrome and headaches.

HP6 is located three finger widths above the wrist crease on the inside of the forearm. Apply downward pressure between the tendons for several seconds. Works well in conjunction with TW5.

ST36 (Stomach 36)

6 Secret Pressure Points for Pain Relief: Unlocking the Power Of Acupressure (7)ST36 reduces gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea and vomiting. Alleviates stress and fatigue. Regulates energy flow. Said to promote health and longevity.

ST36 is located about 4 finger widths below the knee in the depression on the outer side of the tibia (shin bone). Hold the points on each leg firmly, pressing inward for several seconds. Breathe deeply.

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Acupressure points forwrist pain

TW5 (Triple Warmer 5)

6 Secret Pressure Points for Pain Relief: Unlocking the Power Of Acupressure (8)TW5 regulates energy flow through the meridians, reduces fear. Relieves wrist pain associated with arthritis and tendonitis. Boosts the immune system.

TW5 is located directly opposite HP6 – three finger widths above the wrist crease on the outer forearm.

Some things to keep in mind

Bear in mind that Acupressure should not be used a substitute for medical treatment if you have an illness or disease. It is, however, a wonderful complimentary practice that helps support total body wellness. A common pain that people have is from tight hips. This is usually caused by sitting all day like most of us tend to do. Along with stretching tight hips, acupressure is a great way to use your body’s pressure points for pain relief.

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FAQs

What pressure points Stop pain? ›

The hand valley point can be found in the firm skin between the thumb and index finger. Reflexologists claim that applying firm touch to this pressure point may help reduce stress, as well as alleviate migraines, toothaches, shoulder tension, and neck pain.

What are the 7 pressure points? ›

Specific Acupressure Points
  • Large Intestine 4. Large Intestine 4 is an acupressure point located in the webbing between your thumb and first finger (pointer finger). ...
  • Master Point of the Upper Back and Neck. ...
  • Lung 1 and 2. ...
  • Ren Meridian. ...
  • Stomach 36. ...
  • Spleen Meridian. ...
  • Liver 3.
4 Nov 2020

What are the 5 pressure points in the body? ›

5 Pressure Points on the Body to Calm Achy Kids
  • Headache and Toothache. For the occasional mild headache or teething discomfort, find the “Large Intestine (LI) 4,” a pain point located in the web between your thumb and pointer finger. ...
  • Lower Extremity Owies. ...
  • Tummy Trouble. ...
  • Pain's Emotions. ...
  • The Sleepy Button.

What is the most painful pressure point? ›

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What pressure point makes you fall asleep instantly? ›

An Mian point is placed behind your ear, 1 cm behind the middle of your ear. Placing pressure to this point for 10-20 seconds a few times can help promote better sleep. San Yin Jiao is also known as SP6. San Yin Jiao has been proven to improve sleep patterns for people with insomnia.

What pressure points help with lower back pain? ›

Urinary bladder 23 (UB-23): Lower back point

Helps to relieve: Low back pain, weakness in low back muscles, and general tiredness (fatigue). How to find it: These 2 points are located on the lower back near the waist. The points are on each side of your spine, about 2 finger-widths away from the spine.

Can acupressure Help back pain? ›

A recent study found that people with chronic lower back pain who performed self-administered acupressure experienced improvement in pain and fatigue symptoms. A recent study finds that acupressure, a traditional Chinese medicine technique, can improve chronic pain symptoms in the lower back.

How long should you hold an acupressure point? ›

Use your thumb or index finger to massage the acupoint with deep and steady pressure. Massage the point in a circular or up and down motion. Be careful not to remove the thumb or finger from the skin. Massage the point for one to two minutes.

Where are people's pressure points? ›

A person can find the four seams on the inside of each of the large joints in the index finger, middle finger, ring finger, and little finger. Proponents of acupressure believe that these points can help treat digestive problems, especially in children.

Can you do acupressure on yourself? ›

Unlike acupuncture, which always requires a trained professional, acupressure can be performed on yourself once you understand the basics. When performing self-acupressure you need to use firm—but not uncomfortable—pressure while massaging and stimulating each point.

What part of the foot puts you to sleep? ›

Research suggests that stimulating the KD3 point, which is also called Taixi, can help ease insomnia. This point is located just above the heel on the inside of the foot.

Can acupressure help with nerve pain? ›

An acupressure therapist relaxes pained muscles by pressing directly on your body's trigger points. This pressure may help to relieve the tingling, burning, or “prickly” feelings in the body that are associated with neuropathic pain. It may also help with other symptoms, like dull pain or stiffness.

Which pressure point relieves neck pain? ›

The Zhong Zu point is located between the knuckles above your pinky and ring fingers. This pressure point may stimulate different parts of your brain when it's activated, promoting circulation and tension release. Stimulate this point to relieve neck pain that's caused by tension or stress.

Why does it feel good to put pressure on pain? ›

The link between pleasure and pain is deeply rooted in our biology. For a start, all pain causes the central nervous system to release endorphins – proteins which act to block pain and work in a similar way to opiates such as morphine to induce feelings of euphoria.

What is the weakest spot in your body? ›

If you had the chance to practice Krav Maga for a few years now, this list of human weak points will not be unknown to you.
  • POKING THE EYES. ...
  • BREAKING THE NOSE. ...
  • HIT THE TEMPLES. ...
  • STRIKES TO THE EARS. ...
  • PUNCH TO THE THROAT. ...
  • JAW. ...
  • SOLAR PLEXUS. ...
  • RIBS.

How do you hit a pressure point? ›

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Which fingers do you press to sleep? ›

The Anmian point is found just below the ear, where the neck and jaw line connect. It should be held for 15 to 20 minutes with the index and middle finger, to bring on deep and restful sleep.

How can I sleep faster in 5 minutes? ›

How to do it
  1. empty the lungs of air.
  2. breathe in quietly through the nose for 4 seconds.
  3. hold the breath for a count of 7 seconds.
  4. exhale forcefully through the mouth, pursing the lips and making a “whoosh” sound, for 8 seconds.
  5. repeat the cycle up to 4 times.
27 Jul 2020

How can I fall asleep in 2 minutes? ›

An Easy Way to Fall Asleep Faster
  1. Relax your entire face. Close your eyes. ...
  2. Drop your shoulders and hands. Let go of any tension. ...
  3. Exhale and relax your chest. With your shoulders and arms relaxed, that should be easy.
  4. Relax your legs. ...
  5. Now clear your mind. ...
  6. Try repeating the words "Don't think" for 10 seconds.
28 Feb 2022

What are your pressure points? ›

What are pressure points? According to Baran, pressure points are specific areas of the body that run along meridians or channels through which the energy in our body flows. “They are easily accessible not just by acupuncturists, but by anyone who wants to practice acupressure at home,” she explains.

How many pressure points do humans have? ›

When dealing with the whole body, there are generally noted that there are 35 pressure points all over the human body that are seen as most important by those practicing acupressure.

How many pressure point do we have? ›

According to authoritative sources there are 361 points, mostly arranged in 'meridians', which can be seen on charts (The Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine 1975).

How do you acupressure yourself? ›

Acupressure for Self-Care
  1. Use deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate each point.
  2. While applying acupressure, close your eyes, and breathe deeply.
  3. Use your thumb to massage point in a circular or up and down motion. Massage point for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Repeat acupressure as often as you would like.
13 Dec 2016

Where are the most common pressure points? ›

They often form on skin that covers bony areas. The most common sites are the back of the head and ears, the shoulders, the elbows, the lower back and buttocks, the hips, the inner knees, and the heels. Pressure injuries may also form in places where the skin folds over itself.

How do you hit a pressure point? ›

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How long does acupressure take to work? ›

With acupressure there can be a noticeable instant effect, however, it can also take 15 to 20 minutes until an alleviating effect occurs. With a little trial and error, and some practice, you will be start finding the correct acupressure point faster and more accurately.

How long should you hold an acupressure point? ›

Use your thumb or index finger to massage the acupoint with deep and steady pressure. Massage the point in a circular or up and down motion. Be careful not to remove the thumb or finger from the skin. Massage the point for one to two minutes.

What is the main pressure point in the leg? ›

There are two major pressure points in the body. If the bleeding is from the leg, press with the heel of one hand on the femoral artery in the groin - where the leg bends at the hip. If the bleeding is from the arm, squeeze the brachial artery located on the inside of the upper arm.

Why does it feel good to put pressure on pain? ›

The link between pleasure and pain is deeply rooted in our biology. For a start, all pain causes the central nervous system to release endorphins – proteins which act to block pain and work in a similar way to opiates such as morphine to induce feelings of euphoria.

What does it mean when a pressure point hurts? ›

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder. In this condition, pressure on sensitive points in your muscles (trigger points) causes pain in the muscle and sometimes in seemingly unrelated parts of your body. This is called referred pain.

Where is the pressure point in your neck? ›

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Can you knock out someone using pressure points? ›

Yes. If you were to study the art of Ryukyu-Kempo, you would discover that the body is full of pressure points that can be exploited to immobilize, knock-out and even kill a person. There are two points that correspond to the position of the fingers in the nerve pinch.

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