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In my practice, I've found that acupressure for back pain can be helpful. From the energy healing point of view, pain is often
caused by frozen or blocked energy, and different forms of energy
healing (such as acupressure) can often get this energy to release and move again.
Emotions are a form of energy, and in the body they seem to relate most closely to the muscular system. When the energy of an emotion gets stuck, it thus often is reflected in a contracted, "tight," painful muscle.
For some reason, the back seems to be one of the primary areas where emotions lodge and cause problems. It has a few of the major "horizontal zones" in the body (lower back, upper back and shoulders) and these muscles seem to be places where the energy collects and stagnates.
But, as I’ve said, energy work seems to be able to help move this energy in many cases. Acupuncture and acupressure offer a couple of time-tested techniques for moving the qi (energy). (See below)
Mindfulness work (mind-body work) can also be extremely helpful, both in working generally with the area that hurts, and in working with trigger points, which are highly localized points of frozen energy within the physical muscles. They can cause great discomfort both at the site and well beyond it. Scroll down the page for a mindfulness exercise you can do for back pain relief.
To work with these acupressure points for back pain, from a seated position put your hands at your waist with fingers wrapped around your sides and your thumbs on the paraspinal muscles, four fingers out from the spine on either side. The pressure should be directed so that it's angling in toward the spine. Hold as much pressure as you can without causing discomfort, for approximately one minute. Then switch to B23, approximately two fingers away from the spine and follow the same procedure.
An alternative way to work these points is to lie on your back with knees up. Place your fists, palm down, under your back on either side of the spine at waist level, so that the knuckles press into your paraspinal muscles. If it feels good, you can sway your knees gently from side to side to increase the depth of pressure to these points.
These points are taken from Acupressure's Potent Points, by Michael Reed Gach. It's an excellent resource book with very clear directions about how to locate the points.
Mindfulness can be a powerful mover of the stuck energy that is often the cause of a back ache. Our consciousness is a powerful healer and balancer, and bringing it to places in our bodies where we are uncomfortable can be almost magically helpful.
To do this back pain relief technique, you may want to place a hand on the place that hurts or have someone else do it. It can also be helpful to have someone else guide you through this exercise.
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