The four points shown are all easy to locate and massage. Each point helps to relieve back pain, especially low back pain.
These points are all on the Bladder Meridian. By focusing on these points, you help move the energy within the whole meridian. When the energy starts flowing, the back pain is relieved.
How to locate the points:
BL 40 is directly behind the knee. Do not apply deep pressure here to avoid injuring the knee. Instead, use very light pressure and create movement by wiggling the area gently.
BL 55, BL 56, BL 57 are found on the center line of the calf muscle (gastrocnemius). Many times, these points are very tender, so add your pressure slowly. Be sure to ask your client to tell you when they feel a sensation at the point. Vary your pressure by holding steady, deep pressure on the points, and then making small circles with pressure. Massage the meridian by kneading the entire calf. Now that you have the energy flowing, finish be squeezing the little toe (the last point on the Bladder meridian).
It’s all connected
The image below shows the entire Bladder meridian. The reason we can relieve back pain by working points on the calf is because we are working on a long meridian, which connects us all the way from head to foot. Experience is the best teacher – so give it a try!
Why you can relieve back pain with acupoints
On the energetic level, pain is often due to “stuck” or “stagnated” energy. Once the energy gets moving again, the pain is relieved. Whether it is back pain or shoulder pain, the intention is the same – get the energy flowing to relieve the symptom of pain.
Energy in Chinese medicine is called Qi “chee”. When you are able to work with both the physical structures (muscle, tendon, ligaments, etc) and the energetic (Qi), you amplify your work to get even better results!
To continue learning, consider the following Meridian Massage lesson OR check-out the Pain Relief Bundle (which includes three lessons).