How to Relieve Neck Pain using Meridian Massage

Acupionts to relieve neck pain

Acupionts to relieve neck pain

Neck pain acupoints

There are many causes of neck pain. Fortunately, there are some great acupoints that you can try using to relieve the pain. Below are my “go to acupressure points” that I use for relieving neck pain.

  1. Gallbladder 20
  2. Gallbladder 21*
  3. Bladder 10
  4. Bladder 31, 32, 33, 34*


Meridian Massage approach to neck pain

Combine gentle, moving contact to the acupoints listed above with massage along the entire Bladder meridian. This approach is not a guarantee, but it is a great protocol to begin with. Experiment by massaging the Bladder meridian first, then by contacting the points and vice versa. As you develop your expertise, you will know what works best for each individual seeking your help.

Bladder meridian

The Bladder Meridian pathway is located on both sides of the body. (Here, it shown on the right side only.)

Sometimes neck pain is so severe that you cannot touch the neck at all.
In this case, you can still help relieve the pain by massaging the Bladder meridian on the back, legs, and sacrum (Bladder 31, 32, 33, 34).
Try this method along with what you already know to get better, pain-relieving results. I’d love to hear about your experience using these points – please use the comment box below to share your results.

Acupoint Resources from Big Tree

Click here for a close up image of Gallbladder 21
Click here for a close up image of Bladder 31-34

  • Gallbladder 21, Bladder 31, 32, 33, 34 are contraindicated during pregnancyDo not use these acupoints during pregnancy.
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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. Michele Bouchard on February 26, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Hi Cindy, I am a LMT who is currently working with seniors at a nursing home providing massage. Do you have special protocols in the work that you do for working with seniors. Specifically, these seniors have neuropathy, parkinson’s, alzeimers, dementia, leg pain, and so forth. I have studied and trained in Tui Na, however, the person I studied with does deep thumb work only. I did purchase your meridian book as well, but I’m finding it difficult to target what I feel these clients need using your manual.
    Do you have any suggestions?

    • Cindy Black on February 26, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      Hi Michele,
      I don’t have specific protocols but I do have some suggestions.
      For dementia and Alzheimers I would use 5 specific points discussed in the post 5 Points to Clear Brain Fog
      For the other issues you mentioned, I would suggest starting with Points to Balance Fire and Water

      For the Meridian Massage Approach, we first need to understand each person’s symptoms from the Chinese Medical Perspective. This takes time to learn, and then you experiment and notice the response and keep trying. The reason that I don’t have specific protocols for conditions is that the first step is to put any condition into the Chinese Medical Perspective, and then understand the person with that condition, and then we proceed with hands-on work and lifestyle adjustments. It is a big undertaking for sure, but it is possible.
      In addition to the Meridian Massage book, I have online and in-person classes to support your learning and understanding. There are many pieces to the puzzle to learn – the book is one part of it, and then taking classes is another.

      Keep wondering and experimenting,
      – Cindy

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  3. Gabriele Hefer on August 31, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I use these meridians often and find much relief, i use a massage wand, and thus it’s more a deep tissue massage, since working on my meridians the past 2 tears I feel i have elevated becoming paralyzed… has helped me immensely ,,,,,brings relief

  4. Debrah Nadler on October 9, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Cindy, I have enjoyed some of your webinars and now find that my daughter is having a great deal of pain from a car accident several years ago. She has been offered surgery but she has elected not to do it. Can you recommend meridians that might help with her Occipital nerve pain. They have proposed removing her C6/C7 with mob-c replacement. Any help you can offer would be appreciated. I am a graduate of Aromatherapy at Aromahead Institute.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on October 9, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      Hi Debrah,
      Because of the severity of her condition, I would work with an Acupuncturist to help relieve the pain. I would ask in your area for a referral to a qualified Acupuncturist.
      I would also look around for a Feldenkrais practitioner. Here is a link to locate practitioners
      The Bladder Meridian and Du (Governing) Vessel pass through the areas you are describing. Working to open the flow of Qi in the Bladder Meridian may help with her pain, but again, it seems that Acupuncture might be a better choice, or at least an important addition, to hands-on contact with the meridians and points.

  5. Nicole Stapleton on August 25, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I have missed learning the meridians… Will you be teaching theses again? Thank you

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on August 25, 2016 at 8:45 am

      I occasionally teach in person – stay on the Big Tree mailing list to get all my updates. 🙂

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