Knee & Hip Pain
Hip or knee disorders are often particularly painful, since these joints support the weight of the upper body. If you stand on one foot, your body weight (minus the weight of the standing leg) would be resting on your hip and knee joints.
When you walk or run, the hip and knee have to absorb forces many times the weight of the body. These forces can be several hundred pounds.
When you add arthritis or fibromyalgia to the great deal of stress and wear on these joints, other surrounding muscle groups are often strained or contracted. This results in the additional issues of sciatica or back pain and discomfort.
You can help yourself relieve knee and hip pain using the following points.
Self-Acupressure Points for Relieving Knee & Hip Pain
GB 30 in located in the center of the hip for relieving sciatica or hip pain. The pressure on this point should create a pain that hurts good. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for several minutes.
GB 34 is a muscle relaxant point located on the outside of the lower leg, below and in front of the head of the fibula. This point can be stimulated with your knuckles. Hold the point with your fingertips.
GB 41 is a general pain relief point which is located between the fourth and fifth metatarsals, below the juncture where the bones begin to narrow on top of the foot.
St 35 is in the indentation between the kneecap and the shinbone when the knee is bent. This point can also be stimulated with your knuckles. Hold the point with your fingertips.
B 53 is a trigger point for relieving hip and back pain, located on the outside of the crease behind the knee. Energy tends to get blocked at this point.
Certain exercises help to maintain the length of the muscles. This makes them more efficient and stronger than muscles that have been allowed to shorten. Brisk walking, while freely swinging your arms by your sides, is one of the best exercises for lengthening and strengthening the muscles of weight-bearing joints.
People with pain or soreness tend to walk slowly. But slow walking, even if done for longer periods of time than brisk walking, does not effectively exercise the muscles through their full range. And maximum force is not exerted on the muscles.
If you’re able to do brisk walking, it can be beneficial. You can combine walking with Acupressure for the greatest benefit. However, If you can’t walk briskly, then focus on using the Self-Acupressure points.
The weakened muscles of a person with knee or hip pain, or from fibromyalgia or arthritis, can lead to decreased activity and mobility. Self-Acupressure methods can be extremely helpful for problems in the leg and pelvic areas.
Here are some pages that teach you Self-Acupressure points and how to use them, from the Pain Relief category of Self-Acupressure A to Z. Acupressure for Stiffness & Knee Pain has a video showing two points on the knee.