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 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 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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