How Do You Find Pressure Points on the Body?

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The best ways to find pressure points on the body is to be shown them by a massage therapist, an acupuncturist or another health practitioner who knows them, or to study diagrams of the body to pinpoint them. Pressure points are sensitive points on the body that show an extreme pain response to pressure. The concept of pressure points goes back to traditional Chinese medicine as well as martial arts.

Specific pressure points on the body can be used to diminish or increase pain, lower blood pressure or get rid of headaches. Some of the key pressure points used in acupuncture, acupressure or massage include four points below the lowest rib on either side of the spine, used to relieve lower back pain; the bridge of the nose between the eyebrows, used to relieve anxiety, headaches and stress; a point just above the top of the ear, used to relieve migraine headaches; points at the base of the skull on either side of the spine, used to relieve eyestrain, headaches and insomnia; a point just below the base of the sternum, used to relieve anxiety and depression; the shoulder well between the base of the neck and the shoulder, used to relieve anxiety and fatigue; a spot inward from the armpit crease, used to relieve chest tension and congestion; a spot halfway up the calf, used to relieve calf cramps and foot swelling; several points in the sacrum surrounding the tailbone, used to relieve hip and lower back pain; and several points around the eyes and nose, used to relieve sinus congestion and eye fatigue.