Joints and back pain is very common in older people. There are many commercial products in the markets to remove the pain and inflammation, but they are made up of different chemicals and that’s why we didn’t recommend them.
There is an ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually press key healing points, which stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities.
The Melbourne College of Professional Therapists states that acupressure originated with the ancient Chinese. Much has been written regarding acupressure and its benefits. Among those listed by Acupressure.com are increasing circulation, increasing deep relaxation and relieving muscle stiffness.
Which acupressure points may help you relieve stiffness?
The two points recommended by Michael Reed on Acupressure.com are GB34 and ST36.
How do these acupressure points work?
Modern Reflexology, says that GB34 “is placed on the side of the leg, right below the knee, slightly in front of the tip of the outer leg bone.”Natural Herbal Remedies states that ST36 can be located four finger lengths below the kneecap and one finger width to the outside of the leg. All you need to do is to briskly rub GB34 and ST36 every day .
Modern Reflexology also says that GB34 helps with relieving nausea, vomiting, sciatic pain, hip pain, and jaundice.
Natural Herbal Remedies says that ST36 is found critical in toning muscle, helping with digestion, relieving fatigue and alleviating menstrual cramps.
What else can you do to relieve stiffness?
National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association, suggest that in addition to acupressure, you need to sleep in a warm place to rejuvenate your muscles and take hot shower to relax tight muscles and increase the flow of blood.
Here’s a video which will teach you how to perform this routine at home: