Acupressure Therapy to Get Relief from Arthritis

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Arthritis means inflammation of joints, suffering from pain, swelling and redness. Arthritis can be relieved by using acupressure therapy. It has been claimed that over 80% of disease today is caused by the effect of negative emotion in the body. Acu

Arthritis conditions include inflammation of joints, suffering from pain, swelling and redness. Arthritis conditions can be relieved using acupressure therapy.

It has been claimed that over 80% of disease today is caused by the effect of negative emotion in the body.  Acupressure is sometimes a source of help and hope for individuals living with this painful condition. As alternative therapies for arthritis, this treatment can be done anywhere, anytime and with little effort. When conventional options for treatment fail or are not enough, herbs are often considered to be a good form of medicine. Acupressure can provide many options for pain relief and care.

Causes of arthritis may be:

  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Stress related tension

How acupressure helps get relief from arthritis?

Acupressure relieves arthritic pain in 3 ways.

  1. When you hold an acupressure point it enables increased energy to move through the body and it’s this energy that can heal the joints and relieve pain.
  2. Release of endorphins. When you hold acupressure points neurochemicals are released called endorphins that doctors know relieve pain. These are natural chemicals that the body manufactures, and acupressure allows them to circulate through the body.
  3. Relieving pain is by releasing stress and tension. This increases circulation and enables the person to be relaxed instead of stressing against their arthritic pain. By being more relaxed you can cope better with it, breathe easier, and have more energy in your daily life.

Acupressure therapy can help you get relief from pain and inflammation. If a person has inflammation the points should be pressed lightly and gently and held for longer periods of time, meaning a couple of minutes with just touch instead of pressure.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a much more difficult type of arthritis to work with since there are flares and remissions. A person with RA may find at times great relief and at other times there may be flare-ups in which they have to take a rest and take a break.     

Some forms of arthritis respond more quickly than others. Fibromyalgia, a soft tissue condition, responds very quickly, and in several applications you can get relief. Osteoarthritis also responds very well, but this needs to be maintained by doing acupressure on a regular basis                                                                  

Stiff, achy joints can be relieved with daily acupressure treatments. Acupressure improves blood circulation for rheumatic conditions. To soothe discomfort in the neck and lessen the general irritability that arthritis pain can cause, use your thumbs to press both GB 20 points. These points are situated below the base of the skull, two inches out from the middle of your neck. Press for one minute. Work on these points regularly, several times each day, in combination with other therapies. The GB 20 point is a good overall pain-relieving point and is one of the several anti-inflammatory points.                                                                                         


Acupressure points:

For elbow and wrist pain:

LU 5, PC 3, HT 7, PC 7, LU 9, TW 10, LI 11, LI 5, TW 4

For ankle pain:

SP 5, KI 3, ST 41, UB 60

Rheumatoid Arthritis:

1. (Li 4, Adjoining Valley) Li 4 helps relieve pain and inflammation in the hand, wrist, elbow. shoulder. and neck.(Caution: Pregnant women should not press this point. as it can stimulate uterine contractions.)

2. (Lv 2, Moving Between) Use medium pressure with your index fingers, pressing on both feet at the same time if that is comfortable, otherwise one at a time.

3. (Gb 41, Falling Tears) This point is on the top of the foot, in the channel between the little toe and the 4th toe, slightly less than halfway between the ankle bone and the web margin between the toes ( closer to the toes). Press with your index or middle finger, using firm pressure. Start with light pressure, build up, hold, and gradually release.

4. (Gb 34, Yang Hill Spring) At the lower border of the kneecap, slide your finger off the shinbone toward the outside (little toe side). Two bones come together here. Press in the soft tissue area between them, using your index or index and middle fingers together. This is a major point in Acupuncture and Acupressure for nourishing the tendons and joints. It also has a strong effect on promoting the smooth flow of chi throughout the body.

The points on the palm of your hand are excellent for joint pain in general, and are also specific for rheumatoid arthritis. On your palm, locate the area about one thumb width above the wrist crease and about one finger width on either side of the midline of the palm. Find the points in this area that are the most tender. Press with the thumb or the knuckles of the opposite hand.

Use strong pressure. If the pain is worse on the left side of your body, use the points on the right hand for relief, and vice versa.


  • People who exercise and breathe deeply and apply acupressure and/or yoga are able to manage their arthritic pain.
  • press the acupressure points at least 3 times a day for 10- 15 minutes.
  • The way acupressure works with arthritis is by applying it on a daily regular basis basically for the rest of your life.

Sources with thanks: Articles from 'Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., founder of the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, California.'

-  'Holistic Online' (pictures credit also goes to same site)

Useful links and resouces:

* Arthritis

* Acupressure points for Osteoarthritis

* Acupressure and reflex points for common ailments (including arthritis) at ''

1 comment

Ron Siojo
Posted on Mar 17, 2011