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Relieve Low Back Pain with Meridian Massage


woman with low back painThe Bladder meridian is the key to relieving low back pain with Meridian Massage.

The Urinary Bladder (UB)  meridian travels along the entire back, through the sacrum, across the buttocks, down the hamstrings and gastrocnemius (calf) muscles, and along the lateral (outside) edge of the foot ending on the 5th toe (see picture below). Whenever there is a concern about low back pain, always consider the UB meridian.  (The Urinary Bladder meridian is the same as the Bladder meridian.)

Open the Bladder Meridian to Relieve Low Back Pain

For chronic low back pain, open the Bladder meridian along the whole back, down the legs to the 5th toes. Use vigorous, moving strokes, keep your attention on the Qi, allow yourself to improvise in the moment to create new methods of opening the meridian and moving Qi. Never cause any pain, just keep moving the Qi.

Use compression and movement to the gluteus (buttocks) muscles to allow the stagnant Qi from the back to flow down to the legs. Use compression and vibration along the hamstrings and gastrocnemius to draw the Qi down. Apply friction to the lateral ankle, foot and pinky toe to guide the Qi all the way through the meridian.

Points to focus on:

  • UB 23 – the Shu point of the Kidney
  • UB 31-34 located in the sacral foramen
  • UB 36 – at the upper attachment of the hamstrings
  • UB 40 – behind the knee, this is the command point of the back
  • UB 57 – at the top of the Achilles tendon, in the center between the heads of the gastrocnemius
  • UB 60 – behind the lateral malleolus, used to bring the Qi down the entire UB meridian
  • UB 67 – on the pinky toe, the last point of the UB meridian
UB points

Points covered in this post

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.

13 Comments

  • Heather

    Reply Reply March 3, 2013

    Quite interesting post and wish you were here in West Virginia!

    • Cindy Black

      Reply Reply March 3, 2013

      Hi Heather,
      Glad you enjoyed this post. if I’m ever in WV, I’ll look you up!
      🙂

      • Heather

        Reply Reply March 3, 2013

        Yes, and I will take a treatment. Bad toe accident several months ago to my left foot left my entire foot bruised and swollen; from there a whopping case of sciatica and piriformis syndrome have set it. Have had lots of osteopathic adjustments but really think the energy meridian has something to do with it. Contemplating some acupuncture 🙂

        • Cindy Black

          Reply Reply March 3, 2013

          Ouch! Adding acupuncture treatments sounds like a great idea. I hope your healing moves along quickly.

  • Jennifer Carpenter

    Reply Reply December 8, 2015

    Hi Cindy,

    Just wanted to thank you for your web seminar that I watched online just now. Very informative and interesting. I thank you for your time in helping so many to help so many. Loved the worksheet and slides you offered as well!

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply December 8, 2015

      Jennifer,

      You are welcome – I love my job!
      Thank you for writing.

      🙂

  • Genesis-Margaret Roy

    Reply Reply January 15, 2016

    Thank you Cindy, I have used these points so many times … I call them my Magic Potion! Blessings & Love

  • Marianne Jacobsen

    Reply Reply May 26, 2016

    I’m suffering from lower back pain and I “accidentally” clicked on this article…
    My ? is now: how do you do it on yourself???
    /Marianne

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply May 26, 2016

      Hi Marianne,
      That is the thing about massage to the low back, someone else has to do the work for us. I hope you can find a local hands-on practitioner who can assist you.

  • Just wanted to thank you for your web seminar that I watched online just now. Very informative and interesting. I thank you for your time in helping so many to help so many. Loved the worksheet and slides you offered as well!

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply August 12, 2016

      You are most welcome!

  • Damien Summers

    Reply Reply November 21, 2016

    Hi, have 3 bulged discs in the lower back for 11 years and have issues with the nerves and have recently had to increase the dosage of pain medication and heard someone mention the meridians so here I am. What’s the best way to open the bladder meridian?

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply November 21, 2016

      Hi Damien,
      Working with meridians and acupoints can help relieve your pain. Given your circumstances, I would consult with a practitioner who practices Acupuncture or Meridian Massage or Shiatsu in your area. Hands-on contact to the acupoints, or acupuncture, gets the Qi (energy) flowing – when the Qi is flowing, pain reduces (that is the very short story). Many of the Bladder acupoints are on your back, so you will need someone else to massage them.

      Here are resources for finding a practitioner in your area:
      Meridian Massage – http://students.bigtreehealing.com/practitioner-directory/
      Acupuncture – https://mx.nccaom.org/FindAPractitioner.aspx

      Another approach that is helpful with these conditions is Feldenkrais – here is a link for more info – http://www.feldenkrais.com/AF_MemberDirectory.asp?version=1

      I hope that you connect with a wonderful practitioner.

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