Tennis elbow acupressure point
Acupressure point for tennis elbow
Tennis elbow will require more than just one acupressure point for complete healing. However, there is a key acupressure point for tennis elbow that you should know.
Large Intestine 11 for tennis elbow
Large Intestine 11 (LI 11) is located right where much of the pain from tennis elbow is felt. LI 11 is used for local pain and to clear heat throughout the whole body. Acute tennis elbow is inflamed, hot, and painful – making LI 11 a perfect acupressure point for treating this condition.
How to relieve tennis elbow using acupressure point LI 11
Locate LI 11 by first bending the elbow.
LI 11 is on the outer tip of the elbow crease as shown below:
Apply gentle pressure at first, and never use so much pressure that you increase the pain. Now that you have contact with the point, apply circular massage to the point. As you massage LI 11, increase and decrease your pressure as needed to avoid pain while moving the energy through the area.
Origin of tennis elbow pain
The pain of tennis elbow arises from Qi (“chee”) that is stuck in the area.
Qi or energy, can get backed up in areas of over use, such as the elbow in this case. One result of stuck Qi is pain and inflammation. As you massage this point, allow yourself to wonder how to get the Qi moving again – this will inspire small adjustments in pressure and movement.
Massage the point for 15 – 30 seconds, then massage the whole forearm down to the hand. Massage the first finger as this is where the Large Intestine meridian begins. By massaging the first finger, you encourage the Qi to move throughout the whole meridian. Once that Qi is moving again, the pain and inflammation decrease.
Vary your massage between the forearm, first finger, and LI 11. Pause, notice the results, and keep experimenting until you find just the right amount of pressure and massage to soothe this particular person experiencing pain.