Best 6 Acupressure Points Used for Lower Back Pain
Today you will learn the Best 6 Acupressure Points used by Clinicians worldwide to relieve lower back pain. Acupuncturists and Acupressure therapists throughout the world use these 6 points to relieve lower back pain in sports medicine clinics and holistic practices for 2 main reasons:
- These points have been used for thousands of years to relieve lower back pain of all types.
- These points are effective.
Acupressure and acupuncture practitioners use the same points found throughout the body. Most of the acupressure points lie on “energy lines” called meridians or channels.
This system of channels or meridians surround the body and intersect at different locations. And these practitioners use them like road maps which indicate where disruptions in the circulation of blood, lymphatic fluid, and Qi are. Disruptions in circulation are seen as changes in the body’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments and pain often accompanies these changes.
For the new learner, the selected points will give you a lot to work with. These 6 points are found in different parts of the body. Work these points by using firm but yielding pressure on each one, anywhere from 12 seconds to 1-2 minutes.
To enhance the treatment effect close your eyes and breathe deeply as you work each point. Direct your concentration into the depth of the body. This will have a “connecting-effect” between the 6 points, strengthening the treatment.
What are Local, Distal, and Reflex Points?
There are many treatment approaches and techniques in the acupressure system of health when considering back pain. In this article we will focus on lower back pain, and we will use a treatment technique that utilizes points from different parts of the body. These points are grouped based on where they are in relation to the lower back.
Local points are points in the lumbar area. These points lie on and off the meridian where the pain complaint is. This is possibly the most common treatment technique.
Distal points are points far away from the area of pain (i.e., lower back), on or near the same or similar meridian that passes through the lumbar area. This is another effective and commonly used treatment technique used for centuries.
Reflex points are points far away and not on the meridian or channel in question. Reflex points for lumbar pain are found in the feet, hands, and ears. These points have been used for centuries to stimulate the nervous system and direct healing energy and oxygenated blood to another part of the body. In this case, points on the hands, ears, and feet to treat acute and chronic lumbar pain. This is a 3rd treatment technique.
Using Points from Around the Body
Here are our Best 6 Acupressure Points for lower back pain.
Point 1: UB 24 Sea of Qi’s Hollow (found about 1.5″ out from the spine, usually at the top of the erector muscle between Lumbar Vertebrae 3 and Lumbar Vertebrae 4). Used for gynecological ailments. Also a local point for lower back pain. This is a common Trigger Point site.
Point 2: UB 25 Large Intestine’s Hollow (found about 1.5″ out from the spine, usually at the top of the erector muscle between Lumbar Vertebrae 4 and Lumbar Vertebrae 5). Used for all intestinal disorders but also a great local point for lower back pain. This is also a common Trigger Point site.
Point 3: GB 30 Jumping Round (found where the pocket is usually located in pants. In the dimple 1/3 the distance between the greater trochanter and the sacral hiatus. Feel for the tightest spot. This point is used for all disorders of the hip, and lower limbs, as well as sciatica and back pain.
Point 4: SI 3 Back Stream (found by making a loose fist. Locate this point by following the line that separates the red and white skin all the way to the palm fold below the pinkie finger). Feel for the small hollow below the head of the bone. Some of the uses for Back Stream include back pain, hand pain, dizziness, vertigo, spinal pain.
Point 5: UB 40 Entrusting Middle (found directly in the middle of the crease on the back of the knee). Considered to be a master point for back pain. Uses of this point include all hip, leg, and back pain conditions, many fever conditions, and all heat conditions.
Reflex Point (hand):
Point 6: Da Bai (found by making a loose fist. Locate this point by following the line that separates the red and white skin all the way to the palm fold below the pinkie finger). Feel for the small hollow below the head of the bone. Used for neck and shoulder pan, hand pain, dizziness, vertigo, spinal pain, and back pain.
Foot Reflex Point for hip, lumbar, sciatic nerve-pain. This bonus point can be used by itself or together with the other 6 points for increased effectiveness. Have patient lie either face up or face down. Grasp the foot and ankle of one side of the body. Get in a comfortable position because you will be rotating that ankle using that hand.
With the fingers of your other hand press behind the outer ankle in the reflex zone for the lower back as you are gently rotating the ankle with your other hand. Treat in this manner for 1-2 minutes as you breathe deeply.
We hope this is helpful to you. Try this simple acupressure routine, using firm but yielding pressure on each point. Hold each point for up to 2 minutes, focusing on your breathing and the point at hand. Use them in the sequence presented here, or change it up based on your results. Have fun and experience the amazing healing power of acupressure!