When you have lateral epicondylitis, you feel that you must do something to relieve the pain and get over this health challenge.
You may have already heard that tennis elbow acupressure is quite effective. This is true.
In fact, the World Health Organization has deemed acupuncture effective for tennis elbow.
They have made this recommendation because the research studies, which have been performed on acupuncture patients with lateral epicondylitis proved that it worked for over 90% of the patients.
This is a high success rate, no matter which way you look at it. And if you think about it, this type of success far exceeds any type of medical treatment for lateral epicondylitis.
The difference between acupuncture for tennis elbow and acupressure for tennis elbow is only one thing: needles.
In acupuncture, thin needles are used to penetrate the skin to get the desired response. In acupressure, no needles are used.
Instead, fingertips are used – yours or someone else’s and the point where the needle would be inserted in acupuncture is the same one where fingertips will press – and hold the point for at least a minute.
How To Do Tennis Elbow Acupressure
Acupressure for tennis elbow is relatively easy to do. The goal is simply to find the right points to press, then press them for a specific amount of time. At least a minute on each point is the required amount of time to hold the point.
You may notice that the point is a little tender. Control the tenderness by how hard you press. Don’t press so hard that you can’t breathe!
Health practitioners use a pain scale to determine where a patient’s pain level is. The scale runs from 0 to 10. Zero is equal to no pain. Ten is equal to the worst pain possible – it’s so bad you want to die.
Obviously you don’t want to kill yourself so don’t press so hard that you hit a 10 on this scale!
Instead, aim for about a five or six. That’s a moderate amount of pain, but not so difficult to experience that you’ll collapse!
The pain is there because of a trigger point, usually, or because of inflammation. When you put pressure on it, the trigger point tends to dissipate. But you must hold it for awhile.
Don’t just expect it to go away because you found it. Acupressure for tennis elbow doesn’t work like that.
What Points You’ll Need To Find For Acupressure For Tennis Elbow
There are several different acupressure points that can be used to treat lateral epicondylitis. Here are the most effective points to treat:
1. Large Intestine 5
Sitting down with your hands on your desk in a praying position, you’ll see that your thumbs are positioned on top of your hands.
Remove the hand on the side of your body that is not affected by tennis elbow.
Now raise your thumb up while leaving the rest of your hand where it is. As you do this, take your free thumb and search for a little depression area at the point where the base of the thumb is – and where it meets the wrist. Save this location!
Another trick to make sure you have the right location is to turn your palm as if you wanted to open your hand to accept a coin put into your palm.
When you do this, a tendon in the elbow crease pops up. That’s the point!
You may want to draw a little circle around it with your pen so you can find it later.
2. Large Intestine 6
First find Large Intestine 5. Then go upward about three inches toward the shoulder up the humerus bone.
That’s where the point is. Mark the spot with your pen so you can find it later.
3. Large Intestine 11
To get to this point, simply go to the Lung 5 point first. Notice that if you follow the elbow crease towards the elbow, you don’t have very far to go.
The Large Intestine 11 point is halfway between Lung 5 and the elbow itself.
This point is also frequently used for hot flashes, high fever, heat stroke, diarrhea with a burning sensation, hives, itchy skin, pain and inflammation. Mark the spot with your pen and you will be able to quickly find it later.
4. Large Intestine 12
Find Large Intestine 11 point first. Then go upward about an inch toward the shoulder.
This is where the point is. Draw a circle around the point so you can find it later.
5. Lung 5
With your hand outstretched and your thumb pointing up to the sky, notice that the skin of your forearm is tanner on the outside and lighter on the underside.
Do you see a line of demarcation between these two regions? Follow the line up to the level of your elbow crease.
When you get to the elbow crease, you have reached the Lung 5 acupuncture or acupressure point. Draw a little circle around it with your pen so you can find it later.
This point is frequently used for those who have swelling in the upper body as well as for tennis elbow.
6. Triple Burner 6
It you’re sitting at your desk, rest your elbow on the desk. Bend your arm so that your fingers and hand are at a 90 degree angle to your elbow and shoulder, as if your forearm is in front of your body.
Triple Burner 6 point is located between the two bones of your forearm three inches above the wrist, close to the thumb side. Mark the point with your pen so you can find it later.
7. Triple Burner 10
Between the 4th and 5th bones in the hand, come straight up the forearm to the elbow crease. At the elbow crease is the point. Draw a circle around the area so you can find it later.
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