Shoulder pain – Acupressure points can help!
Shoulder pain is a challenge!
I never realized how much I relied on my shoulders until I experienced limiting shoulder pain. Every little action with my hands created pain in my shoulder. There are many causes of shoulder pain. Fortunately, there are many acupressure points for relieving shoulder pain.
Let me introduce you to two acupoints that can be used to reduce shoulder pain:
San Jiao 14 and Large Intestine 15
How to locate Large Intestine 15 and San Jiao 14
- Place a hand on top of your shoulder. Feel for a bone at the top of your shoulder, it will feel like a “flat shelf.”
- Slide your hand down from this bone to the outside of your upper arm.
- Keep your hand on the upper arm while you raise that arm to the side, away from your hip. Just raise it a little in order to activate the muscle (the deltoid muscle).
- Now feel for two indentations in the muscle, just below the “shelf of the shoulder.”
- The indentation that is more toward the front is acupressure point L. Intestine 15 (LI 15).
- The indentation that is more toward the back is acupressure point San Jiao 14 (SJ 14).
How to use acupressure points to relieve shoulder pain
Apply gentle pressure to these points. Experiment contacting both points at the same time or separately. I find that some people prefer to contact one acupressure point at time, some like the feeling of both. Use a gentle circular pressure to massage these points.
How much pressure?
Never cause pain with your pressure because that will only counteract the benefits of acupressure. Start with light pressure, and then slowly increase it until it feels “just right.” Be sure to keep your breath moving while massaging these points to help the energy flow. The intention of using acupressure points to relieve pain is to help the energy flow. Once the energy is flowing freely, the pain is relieved.
How long should you massage an acupressure point?
Start with massaging these acupressure points for 15-30 seconds. Then pause and notice how you feel. Try again for a few more seconds. Be sure to keep breathing and feeling into your shoulder area. Pause and notice the response. Once you are able to feel how you respond to these acupressure points, you will better know how much time is just right for you.
I prefer to massage LI 15 and SJ 14 for a short time (15 seconds to a minute) three or four times a day. A little at a time goes a long way.
Be gentle, experiment, and notice how you respond. Make adjustments based on how you feel. Things will change over time.
Here is a little of my personal story with shoulder pain
I have arm pains and I might have strained my arms from exercise. I read that “sudden injuries to the arm can cause sprains or strains that are two of the main causes of sudden arm pain. A strain is caused by stretching or tearing or a muscle or tendon while a sprain is caused by stretching or tearing of a ligament”. How can I find information on pressure points for this problem?
I would begin with the points outlined in this blog post, and also use these Small Intestine Acupressure Points
I know how challenging a shoulder injury, take your time, keep researching and experimenting.
Here is a little more about my personal story of shoulder pain.
Wishing you ease and healing,
I’ve had shoulder pain for a few months, and it’s more painful during cold weather. I tried acupressure on the points you suggested for a few minutes today, and the pain is practically gone! Thank you! Can you suggest points for hip?
Thank you again,
That is great news! So happy for you!
The points for sciatica may help your hip – click here
Cindy, I suffer from sciatica pain, radiating down one leg or the other. How can I get help? Thanks
Here is an article all about that – Relieve Sciatic Pain with Meridian Massage
Hey, years ago I had a shoulder injury to both of my shoulders. Went wild at a concert in the mosh pits and flailed my arms every direction violently. Which caused me to get baseball pitcher injury in both my rotator cuffs. Stretching and fraying the ligaments. Will these pressure points help me? Is it possible I could be cured? Or am I pretty much screwed?
I would try these points, and I would also work with a practitioner to get the best help. Ask around for a qualified Massage Therapist who knows Meridian Massage or Shiatsu or Acupressure, and I would also consult with an Acupuncturist.
The only way to know if the points will help is to try using them light pressure only, don’t create any sensation of pain when you contact the points.
Best of luck@
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just found out I fractured my shoulder when I fell
thank you so much Cindy for the shoulder points. today I fell on a sheet of ice and jammed my shoulder badly. I can’t raise my arm the way you wrote, but I can still work on the points. seeing a nurse in the morning. also using ice tonite
Had very stressful collarbone, shoulder, neck and clavicle pain, felt mostly in shoulder for months now. 36 year old and sometimes can’t take off a t shirt with that arm (left). Pressed the points now felt a small click/ release and have almost double mobility instantly. Amazing.
Lisa – thank you for writing! The healing potential of Qi never ceases to amaze me!
I’m so glad you are experiencing relief and more mobility – enjoy!
Hi there, would putting magnets on these point have the same effect as pressure? Many thanks
Give it a try and let us know how it goes…I know that many people use magnets but I don’t have any experience using them on the points.
It is a great idea Catherine – go for it!
Perfect timing for me. Have had right shoulder issues since January.
Now added left wrist pain. What points can I massage for that.
Hi Margot – here is another post about wrist pain to check out http://bigtreehealing.com/resolving-thumb-wrist-pain-use-massage/
Depending on where the pain is, there are lots of points to choose, Most are located on the wrist crease on both sides, so explore those areas with gently massage. Wishing you quick healing.
Thanks Cindy. I will give them a try!