Elbow Pain Relief


Acupressure to relieve elbow pain

Gentle, hands-on contact to specific acupressure points can help soothe elbow pain.
By gently rubbing or massaging acupressure points near the elbow, pain and restricted motion are reduced. Acupressure points, also known as acupoints, acupuncture points, or simply points, come from Chinese medicine. Millions of people have been benefiting from the healing potential of acupoints for more than 5,000 years. It’s certainly worth a try!

Two points to relieve elbow pain

Large Intestine 11 (LI 11)

Large Intestine 11 is located on the outer end of the elbow crease. This point is the most commonly used acupoint to relieve elbow pain. Apply gentle pressure (the amount of pressure should not increase the pain). Gently sink pressure onto LI 11 and then try adding little circular motions.  Maintain contact and small movement for 3-5 breathing cycles. Stop or lighten the pressure if there is an increase in pain.

Large Intestine 11 – located at the outer tip of the elbow crease

Large Intestine 10 (LI 10)

Large Intestine 10 is located two thumb widths toward the hand from LI 11. To locate LI 10, bend the elbow so that your palm is on your belly. First locate LI 11 on the outer tip of the elbow crease. Next, measure two of your thumb widths from LI 11 toward the hand.

Large Intestine 10

Large Intestine 10

 

Large Intestine 10 and 11:

 

 

These two points may be very tender.

Gentle contact is the key to getting relief in this case. Slowly sink pressure into these points, keep your breath flowing, add small circular motions, and feel for a release of tension and pain in the elbow. These points are located on both arms. Massage the points on both arms, even if the pain is only in one arm.

After contacting these points, gently squeeze the upper arm and forearm of the affected side. This helps to circulate the energy and blood flow in elbow area. Increased blood and energy flow are vital to relieving pain.

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About The Author

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.

5 Comments

  • Ismat

    Reply Reply February 24, 2017

    very interesting and helpful

  • Sue A

    Reply Reply February 25, 2017

    Thank you. I have a client with Tennis Elbow and have had good results with these 2 points.

  • Sheree

    Reply Reply March 2, 2017

    Thank you, always find these points so interesting. Great self-help too.

  • Amy Hausman

    Reply Reply March 23, 2017

    I love your blog Cindy Black, it is always informative, helpful, and full of wonderful information. Thank you!

    • Cindy Black

      Reply Reply March 23, 2017

      Thank you Amy Hausman! Hearing this from you means so much to me!

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