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