SPORTS MEDICINE: Treating knee pain and stiffness with acupressure

In the last edition we looked at knee injury prevention to combat the high incidence of knee injuries that are associated with hockey as a sport, i.e., studies of female hockey players playing on artificial turf, Fuller (1985) and Jamison and Lee (1989) respectively, reported 24% and 17% of all injuries were to the knee. In this edition we look at how acupressure can help knee injuries and stiffness.

Acupuncture is a highly effective, time-tested treatment for sports injuries because it resolves pain, accelerates healing and increases range of motion. Acupuncture achieves this by decreasing inflammation, swelling and bruising; relaxing muscles and relieving spasms; lowering the body’s pain response and improving circulation. The Acupressure Method heals the Knee Pain through several Pressure Points being activated by human hands or through the use of aids

Recent clinical studies show that acupuncture provides true pain relief for a range of conditions, including chronic back, neck and shoulder pain. Additionally, the World Health Organisation recognizes acupuncture as a safe and effective treatment for injuries, orthopedic conditions, and acute and chronic pain.

So, acupuncture works for pain, which is great news for hockey players whose bodies suffer a lot of wear and tear. In fact for hockey players knees and hips are punished as a result of playing on synthetic surfaces and because of the nature of the game.In this article we have addressed how you can use acupressure to alleviate knee pain

Acupressure Points for Knee Pain

 

It is suggested you try this by yourself or with assistance from someone.

All Acupressure Points for Knee Pain given above exist on both legs, massage the points of the leg in which you have Knee Pain. You can massage both legs in case you are suffering from Knee Pain or Tension in both the legs. Acupressure Points for Knee Pain can be described in details as under. Generally the time you hold pressure for is between 2-5 minutes

Caution: If you have a serious illness, or life-threatening illness such as heart disease, or cancer, please consult with your physician before practicing Acupressure.

 

Point A: Calf’s Nose

Location: This point is located just below the kneecap in the outer indentation.
Benefits: Massaging this point will help relieve knee pain, knee stiffness, rheumatism of the feet and edema.

Point B: Sunny Side of the Mountain

Location: This point is located on the outside of the lower leg, below and in front of the top of the shinbone.
Benefits: Massaging this point will relieve excessive knee pain, muscular tension, aches and muscle strains.

Point C: Three Mile Point

Location: Measure four finger widths below the kneecap and located just on the outside of the shinbone is the Three Mile Point.
Benefits: Applying pressure to this point will strengthen your whole body, tone your muscles and relieve knee pain.

 

Point D: Commanding Activity

Location: On the outside of the knee, just where the crease ends when the knee is bent, you will find the Commanding Activity point.
Benefits: Apply pressure here to relieve knee pain and stiffness.

Point E: Nourishing Valley

Location: On the inner edge of the knee crease, in the hollow between the two tendons.
Benefits: This point alleviates knee pain and abdominal pain.

Point F: Crooked Spring

Location: This point is located on the inside of the knee, just where the crease ends when the knee is bent.
Benefits: Massaging this point relieves knee pain, fibroids, and swelling in the knee.

 

Point G: Shady Side of the Mountain

Location: This point is located on the inside of the knee, just on top of the shinbone.
Benefits: Massaging this point relieves knee problems, swelling, leg tensions, varicose veins, edema, water retention, and cramps.

Point H: Commanding Middle

Location: This point is located at the center of the back of the knee.
Benefits: Massaging this point will help relieve knee pain, stiffness, arthritis, back pain, and sciatica

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