The 5 Most Important Acupuncture Points for Back Pain
Did you know that approximately 80% of all people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives? That’s obviously a massive proportion of the population, so it comes as no surprise that back pain is also the most popular reason for people seeking acupuncture therapy.
Acupuncture originated in China nearly three millenniums ago and involves applying pressure to acupuncture points across the body to help ease pain and improve overall wellbeing. Ancient practitioners believed that applying pressure to these points helped to encourage the flow of vital energy called Qi (pronounced chi) through pathways that connect the body’s vital organs.
Contemporary Western practitioners, however, consider acupuncture to work by reducing muscle tension and releasing endorphins that act as the body’s natural pain relievers. Although there are over 400 acupressure points across the body, modern experts believe that five stand out as the most important for treating back pain.
1. The Stomach Point
Traditional Chinese acupuncturists call the Stomach Point the ‘Sea of Energy’.
Applying firm pressure to the Stomach Point helps to strengthen the abdominal muscles, which can eliminate lower back problems before they occur.
Location: Your stomach point is located approximately two fingers from your naval.
2. The Lower Back Point
The Lower Back Point is also known as the ‘Sea of Vitality’. Like the Stomach Point,
applying pressure to this point offers effective pain relief from lower back pain as well as sciatica.
Location: Your Lower Back Point is approximately located between the second and third vertebrae from the bottom of your spine.
3. Hipbone Points
The Hipbone Points are sometimes referred to as the Womb and Vitals. Applying gentle pressure to both these Hipbone Points will help to relieve you of both hip pain and lower back pain, as well as sciatica and pelvic stress.
Location: Your Hipbone Points are located approximately two finger widths from the large bony area at the bottom of your spine, midway between the top of your hipbone and the base of your buttocks.
4. The Knee Back Points
In acupuncture, the Knee Back Points are often referred to as the Commanding Middle. Applying firm pressure to the Knee Back Points is an effective method for reducing stiffness in the back and sciatica, as well as knee and hip pain.
Location: The Knee Back Points, unsurprisingly, are located at the dead centre of the back of your knee.
5. The Hand Points
Although it might seem strange to perform acupuncture on your hand for back pain, the Hand Point is directly connected to stress and stiffness in the back. Consequently, applying firm pressure to the Hand Points is great for reducing this stress and stiffness.
Location: Your Hand Points are located between your thumb and your index finger.
First, lie your hand on a flat surface, and then apply pressure to this area repeatedly, with three-second intervals, until the pain is relieved.
DIY Acupuncture for Back Pain Relief
Traditionally, acupuncture is carried out by a professional who, depending on the type of pain you’re suffering with, inserts thin needles into specific acupuncture points across the body. However, you can create a similar effect for pain relief purposes by applying firm pressure to acupuncture points with your hand. Additionally, you can also combine acupuncture with light therapy for greater healing benefits.
For even greater pain relief, you could also consider using a Paingone Pen. Research shows that this handheld, portable TENS machine is excellent for administering non-invasive acupuncture treatment via the five points outlined above.
However, if your back is particularly weak, or if you are suffering with chronic back pain, please do not apply pressure to any of the acupuncture points described, yourself. Instead, you should consult an expert or a doctor for specialist advice.