Elbow Pain Relief

Acupressure to relieve elbow pain

Gentle, hands-on contact to specific acupressure points can help soothe elbow pain.
By gently rubbing or massaging acupressure points near the elbow, pain and restricted motion are reduced. Acupressure points, also known as acupoints, acupuncture points, or simply points, come from Chinese medicine. Millions of people have been benefiting from the healing potential of acupoints for more than 5,000 years. It’s certainly worth a try!

Two points to relieve elbow pain

Large Intestine 11 (LI 11)

Large Intestine 11 is located on the outer end of the elbow crease. This point is the most commonly used acupoint to relieve elbow pain. Apply gentle pressure (the amount of pressure should not increase the pain). Gently sink pressure onto LI 11 and then try adding little circular motions.  Maintain contact and small movement for 3-5 breathing cycles. Stop or lighten the pressure if there is an increase in pain.

Large Intestine 11 – located at the outer tip of the elbow crease

Large Intestine 10 (LI 10)

Large Intestine 10 is located two thumb widths toward the hand from LI 11. To locate LI 10, bend the elbow so that your palm is on your belly. First locate LI 11 on the outer tip of the elbow crease. Next, measure two of your thumb widths from LI 11 toward the hand.

Large Intestine 10

Large Intestine 10


Large Intestine 10 and 11:



These two points may be very tender.

Gentle contact is the key to getting relief in this case. Slowly sink pressure into these points, keep your breath flowing, add small circular motions, and feel for a release of tension and pain in the elbow. These points are located on both arms. Massage the points on both arms, even if the pain is only in one arm.
After contacting these points, gently squeeze the upper arm and forearm of the affected side. This helps to circulate the energy and blood flow in elbow area. Increased blood and energy flow are vital to relieving pain.

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Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Mary Ann on March 10, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    I wasn’t financially able to take CLASSES but use everything I learn from your fabulous site.
    The Meridian Massage book is great.

  2. Eddie Canales on June 1, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Hello Cindy, The elbow pain is intolerable pain. I always felt pain before reading your article. But after reading your blog, I feel happy and satisfied as it is really helpful for me. Thanks for sharing such a nice tips.

    • Cindy Black on June 1, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Hi Eddie,
      I am glad that you are feeling better – yay!
      – Cindy

  3. Morgan Arnold on May 3, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Hey Cindy,
    This is great article. I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now, and I love your content and the lessons you share with your readers. Every time I read a post, I feel like I’m able to take a single, clear lesson away from it, which is why I think it’s so great.

  4. Amy Hausman on March 23, 2017 at 8:36 am

    I love your blog Cindy Black, it is always informative, helpful, and full of wonderful information. Thank you!

    • Cindy Black on March 23, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Thank you Amy Hausman! Hearing this from you means so much to me!

  5. Sheree on March 2, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you, always find these points so interesting. Great self-help too.

  6. Sue A on February 25, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you. I have a client with Tennis Elbow and have had good results with these 2 points.

  7. Ismat on February 24, 2017 at 9:40 am

    very interesting and helpful

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