5 Tricks for Reducing Fibro Pain with Pressure Points
When pain afflicts the body it can disrupt – and in some cases completely dishevel – our lives. For those with chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia – the pain is often constant and widespread. It can be difficult to describe to someone who hasn’t experienced it – but some have equated it to having flu-like symptoms that simply won’t go away. Symptoms can include tender muscles, aching joints, constant fatigue or exhaustion, digestive problems, difficulty sleeping, trouble thinking clearly and much more.
Finding relief from the pain and other symptoms can be elusive – at best. Fortunately, as the condition becomes more widely known and diagnosed, we can learn what techniques others have used to help reduce their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Among the several tricks used to bring temporary relief from pain is the utilization of pressure points throughout the body.
There are various pressure points throughout the body that – when pressure is applied using fingers or something soft like an eraser – can help temporarily relieve pain as well as address other symptoms such as depression, fatigue and anxiety. Applying pressure to these various points in the body promotes the release of pain-blocking endorphins and helps the body to heal.
So where are the most effective pressure points for relieving pain? Lets take a look at 6 common relief points for people in pain:
Shoulder or Neck Pain
#1 – Neck
A great pressure point for relieving neck and shoulder pain is located on either side of the neck – usually about five finger lengths down from the back of the ear, near the hairline. Feel around for a slight indentation and tender point. Use your thumbs to apply pressure and gently massage this pressure point. Most of us naturally rub this area when experiencing neck pain, a stiff neck or headaches. It helps boost blood flow to the head and provides soothing relief to a sore neck or aching head.
#2 – Shoulders
Another effective pressure point for relieving pain is located at the highest point of your shoulders – just shy of the halfway point between your neck and the outside of the shoulder (closer to the neck). This pressure point is particularly effective at relieving anxiety, tension in the neck and shoulders, headaches and even fatigue.
Lower Back Pain
#3 – Lower Back
To find this pressure point, place your index fingers on your front hipbone. Use your thumbs to locate the back hipbone. From there, move your thumbs down approximately 2-3 inches to locate this pressure point. Once located, apply gentle pressure and massage the pressure points using the thumbs.
Applying pressure to this point helps relax the muscles that are pulling on the lower back, providing much needed relief from lower back pain. It is especially useful if the lower back is too tender to be massaged for relief.
#4 – Ankle Point
No – this isn’t a typo – there is actually a pressure point in the ankle that can help relieve lower back pain! You can find it by clasping the back of the ankle (above the heel) with your thumb and forefinger. Apply firm pressure and move the thumb in a circular motion for 5-10 seconds. Massaging this pressure point can improve blood flow and provide relief from lower back pain and menstrual cramps.
# 5 – Forehead
For headaches, an excellent pressure point can be found in the indentation between the eyebrows, where the nose meets the forehead. This pressure point is sometimes referred to as the “third eye”. Applying firm pressure to this point helps relieve anxiety, headaches and chronic fatigue.
Relief from aches and pains can come in a variety of forms – be it medication, exercises like yoga, or using pressure points. Having those options available and possessing the knowledge to effectively use them can provide peace of mind when the pain strikes. What alternative forms of treatment for pain relief have worked for you? Share your tips with fellow fibromyalgia sufferers on our Facebook Page!