How to Use Knee Acupressure Points for Pain Relief
Acupressure is similar to the traditional Chinese treatment popularly known as acupuncture. This is because both utilize the same points. However, acupuncturists place fine needles into specific points of the skin. For acupressure, manual pressure is applied or exerted to specific points. Regardless, both acupuncture and acupressure can help manage and relieve pains in the knee.
Acupressure is an effective method you can use to ease the pain. The best part is that you can do this yourself to release tension in your muscle, promote blood circulation, and relax your body and mind.
To carry out acupressure yourself, take note of the following steps and instructions:
- Find a place and comfortable position to relax for about 10 to 15 minutes. You could choose to lay down or sit. Then you can choose to look down or close your eyes.
- Next is to use your fingers and thumbs to apply firm but gentle pressure to each point.
- Massage each point in small circular motions while you breathe naturally. Do this for 40 to 60 seconds per point.
- If the points are harder to reach, use a tennis ball or the round end of a cane. Use any of these to massage in a small, circular motion.
When using acupressure for pain relief, do not apply pressure to an inflamed, wounded, or swollen area. Moreover, avoid massaging open wounds or areas with rashes, boils, varicose veins, blisters, or scar tissue.