Acupressure Points are very helpful to heal sciatica and lower back pain. Sciatica causes lower back pain, hip pain and pain in leg, but it doesn’t mean every person with lower back pain is suffering from sciatica. The Sciatica Pain often occurs on either side of your back at a time, you should learn and apply the pressure points to get instant relief from sciatica.
You can use acupressure points for Sciatica to relieve Sciatica Pain naturally without taking any painkiller drugs.
Sciatica – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Sciatica is a painful disease that affects your day to day life. When you are suffering from Sciatica, you will have difficulty in sitting down, standing up and doing your routine work. Let us have a look on Causes and Symptoms of Sciatica. Thereafter we will move towards its treatment and understand the role of acupressure points to heal sciatica pain in a significant way.
Causes of Sciatica:
There are some common causes of Sciatica which are mentioned as under:
- Irritation in the roots of the Lower Lumbar
- Narrowing of Spinal Canal in the Lower Back
- Spondylolisthesis (A Slipped Disk/Disc)
- Breakdown of Disc(s)
- Tumors within Spine
- Muscle Spasm in the Back or Buttocks
- Infection affecting Spine
- Cauda Equina Syndrome
- An Injury on or near Spine
Symptoms of Sciatica:
The chances of sciatica is more in people with sedentary lifestyle than others. When you feel one or more symptoms in your body, you get to know that you have Sciatica. Here we provide all the possible signs & symptoms of Sciatica as follows:
- Tingling Sensation in Feet and Toes
- Numbness in Leg along the Nerve
- Pain radiating from Lower Lumbar through Buttocks and down towards the back of Right Leg
- Feeling Muscle Weakness in One Leg or Foot
- Lower Back Pain
- Pain in rear or Leg or Hip
- Difficulty in Sitting down and/or Standing up
- Difficulty in Moving the Leg due to Pain
- Constant Pain on One Side of Lower Back
Treatment of Sciatica:
The pain of sciatica can be mild ache, sharp pain or burning sensation. Before the pain gets severe, you should start getting its treatment. It is always good to visit and consult a doctor. The doctor will diagnose and tell you if you have Sciatica or it’s just a temporary lower back pain.
You should get proper treatment of Sciatica on the basis of diagnosis and the stage of sciatica in your body. Here we provide some important treatment types for sciatica as follows:
- Physical Therapy and Exercises
- Steroid Injections
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Surgery (for Severe Cases)
- Acupressure Therapy
Acupressure Points for Sciatica Pain
Acupressure Therapy is very effective to provide relief in Sciatica Pain. When the pain is normal (or bearable) and you didn’t have any injury to Spine, you should apply acupressure points for Sciatica. We don’t claim that acupressure therapy is the primary treatment for sciatica or it can replace surgery, but it is proven to be effective in relieving sciatica symptoms and lower back pain.
Here we provide the list of Effective Pressure Points for Sciatica Pain Relief as under:
- Urinary Bladder 23 (UB23 or BL23) – Kidney Tonifying Point
- Gallbladder 30 (GB30)
- Urinary Bladder 36 (BL36 or UB36)
- Urinary Bladder 40 (UB40 or BL40) – Middle Crook Point
- Gallbladder 34 (GB34)
- Urinary Bladder 62 (UB62 or BL62) – Extending Vessel Point
- Gallbladder 29 (GB29) – Squatting Bone Hole
Warning: It is strongly advised to consult the Gynecologist before you apply Acupressure Points for Sciatica on a Pregnant Woman.
Now, we will explain all acupressure points for Sciatica and Sciatic Nerve Pain in detail to help you understand how to apply them to relieve your Sciatica Pain.
01. Urinary Bladder 23 (UB23 or BL23) – Kidney Tonifying Point
Urinary Bladder 23 is the first and very important acupressure point. It is popularly known as the kidney tonifying point for sciatica pain. You can locate the UB23 point in the lower back at waist level, two finger width away from the spine, in the hollow between vertebra.
Find the Urinary Bladder 23 Point and apply firm pressure on it. Hold the UB23 point for 1 to 2 minutes, then leave it. You can repeat this process several times in a day to get relief in sciatica. The UB23 point heals lower back pain, muscle tension, knee weakness, deafness, erectile dysfunction and blurred vision.
02. Gallbladder 30 (GB30)
Gallbladder 30 is the best acupressure point for relieving sciatic pain and piriformis syndrome. The GB30 point is situated between the sacrum and greater trochanter. You can find the exact location of Gallbladder 30 point in the hollow behind the top of the femur bone, move three-quarters into gluteal muscles from the mid of the sacrum.
Find the GB30 Point on outside of your buttocks and apply proper pressure on it. Hold the pressure firmly for 1 to 2 minutes and then release it. Acupressure Gallbladder 30 Point provides relief in buttocks pain, numbness in leg(s), lower back pain, sciatica, lumbar pain and muscle spasm.
03. Urinary Bladder 36 (BL36 or UB36)
Urinary Bladder 36 Point is a trigger point for sciatica and lumbar pain. The BL 36 Point is found in the center of the transverse gluteal crease in a depression between the hamstring muscles. You can locate the Bladder 36 point in a line directly superior with weizhong, just below the buttock as shown in the picture.
Find the Bladder 36 Point and apply steady pressure on it for 1 to 2 minutes. Release the pressure, find BL36 point on other side and apply pressure on it. The Urinary Bladder 36 Point is the best acupressure point to relieve sciatica, buttock pain, lumbar pain, pain in sacrum and painful obstruction of the lower limb.
04. Urinary Bladder 40 (UB40 or BL40) – Middle Crook Point
Urinary Bladder 40 is a powerful pressure point for stiffness and pain in lower back. The UB40 point is also known as Middle Crook Point. The location of UB40 point is right on back of your knee, in the middle of the transverse crease of the popliteal fossa. You should see the picture below to reach UB40 Point on your legs.
Find the Middle Crook Point (UB40) and use your thumb to apply pressure on it. Hold the pressure on right leg for 1 to 2 minutes and release it. Thereafter repeat the same process on your left leg. When you massage the UB40 point regularly, it will relieve lower back pain, sciatic neuralgia, knee stiffness, muscle spasm, arthritis and pain in the lower extremities.
05. Gallbladder 34 (GB34)
Gallbladder 34 is a perfect pressure point to heal sciatica and weak tendons. The GB34 point is very important when you are massaging acupressure points for sciatica pain. You can locate the GB34 point on outer part of the lower right leg, just below the bony structure situated near the knee crease. Refer the below picture to find the Gallbladder 34 point.
Apply gentle pressure with your thumb on GB34 point and hold it for 2 minutes. The pressure should be mild enough for not to create much pain and hard enough to give sensation. The GB34 point improves strength of tendons and relieves sciatica, tendon pain, muscular pain, pain in hypochondriac region, numbness and pain of the lower extremities.
06. Urinary Bladder 62 (UB62 or BL62) – Extending Vessel Point
Urinary Bladder 62 Point is an effective acupressure point for Sciatica related pains. The UB62 point is also called the Extending Vessel Point. You can find the Bladder 62 point right below the outer anklebone. The exact location of the UB62 point is at 1/3rd distance from the outer anklebone to bottom of the heel.
Find the Urinary Bladder 62 Point on your both legs. Apple firm pressure on the UB62 point for 1 to 2 minutes. Thereafter release the point and repeat this process on the other leg. By stimulating Bladder 62 point, you will get lumbar pain, back pain, heel pain, ankle pain, insomnia and anxiety caused by severe back pain.
07. Gallbladder 29 (GB29) – Squatting Bone Hole
Gallbladder 29 Point is useful for relieving lower back pain and hip pain caused by Sciatica. The GB29 point is also known as Squatting Bone Hole Point and it is located on side of the hip bone on both sides.
You can find the Gallbladder 29 Point on side in the depression at halfway between the top of the hip and the top of the femur bone. You should check the below picture to locate the exact spot of GB29 point on your body.
As you reach GB29 point on both sides of your body, apply steady pressure on it for 1 to 2 minutes, then release. Applying pressure on Gallbladder 29 point regularly will relieve Sciatica pain, lower back (lumbar) pain, hip pain, pain & weakness in leg, paralysis of lower limbs and shoulder pain.
Thus, acupressure points are effective and helpful to relieve sciatica pain and lower back pain.
Acupressure Points for Sciatica Pain mentioned above are very effective and beneficial. You should consider the picture and description of each pressure point to apply them on self or other person suffering from Sciatica Pain.
You should stimulate Sciatica Pressure Points 3 to 4 times everyday to get quick relief and effective results. For more queries regarding how to relieve/cure Sciatica with acupressure points, ask us in the comment box. We will reply to your queries shortly.
FAQs about Acupressure Points for Sciatica Pain Relief
Here we provide some frequently asked questions about Pressure Points for Relieving Sciatica Pain at home. You should go through all questions and answers to improve your knowledge and understand how acupressure therapy works effectively to help you get rid of Sciatic Nerve Pain.
Q.1 Does acupressure really work for Sciatica Pain?
Yes, acupressure really works for Sciatica Pain, it recommends some pressure points that reduces lower back pain and hip pain caused by Sciatica.
Q.2 Where are the pressure points for Sciatica?
The pressure points for Sciatica are situated on lower back, hips, side of hip bone, behind the knee, lower leg and on outer anklebone of the feet.
Q.3 What pressure points can reduce Sciatica Pain?
Bl23, BL36, BL40, BL62, GB29, GB30 and GB34 pressure points can reduce Sciatica Pain if you apply these pressure points 3 to 4 times everyday.