Lower Back Ache

by PJ
(Singapore)

For a week now I have been suffering pain at the lower back. When I try to get up from the bed, I feel as if my skeletal system cannot support me and I have to adjust my weight in order to stand up. My BMI is about 25.5. I have had neck ache for almost 3 years now due to sitting in front of a laptop everyday. If there any exercise i can do to help?

Matthew's reply: Hi PJ, for lower back ache I suggest you try the Lumbar Rub. It's an easy self-massage technique and very effective for lower back ache. I do it daily because I sit a lot at the computer too. I see you are in Singapore, so I recommend you buy some Tiger Balm and put some on your lower back and rub it in as you do the massage technique.

If that technique doesn't give you enough relief I recommend the Chinese Long Life Exercise Program. This is a general exercise program that contains several exercises to stop lower back pain. There is also a program for neck pain.

Any questions or comments just post them below.

All the best,

Matthew

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Acupressure for Lower Back Pain

by Raj Kumar Kamboj
(Zirakpur,Punjab,India)

I came to know that in Chinese Acupressure, there are two/three points for backache. Will you please be kind enough to let me know the same?


Matthew's reply: Actually there are quite a few acupressure points for lower back pain. Some are on the lower back itself and others are on the legs and feet. Some are known acupressure points for lower back pain while others are just sore spots that may be located anywhere such as the lower back region and the backs and sides of the legs.

I suggest you use your thumbs to gently press all around your lower back region, including your hips and buttocks region. When you find a sore spot spend a few minutes pressing and rubbing it with your thumb, fingers or knuckles. Do this lying down on your side. Also for your lower back an excellent self-massage technique is the lumbar rub.

As for acupressure points for lower back pain that are on the legs, a very common one is at the back of the knees, right in the center of the back of the each knee, on the skin crease. Sit down and use your thumbs to press and rub the points for several minutes. Other points are located in your calf muscles. While sitting, use your thumbs to press your calf muscles from where they attach behind your knees and working your way down the backs of your legs. If you find any sore spots press and rub them for several minutes.

All acupressure points can be pressed several times a day.

This should get you started. Any questions about acupressure for lower back pain just post below.

Matthew




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Lower Back and Hip Tension

by Diane
(Worthington, Ohio)

I found a way to help release tension in your lower back and hip. I rub the area below the outside ankle between the ankle bone and the bottom of the heel. I find that when my back is tense if I rub this area which usually is sore it helps release that tension.

Matthew's reply: Thanks for the tip Diane. The reason your technique works is probably this: There's an important acupuncture meridian that starts on the face and runs over the head, down either side of the spine and the backs of the legs, and along the outside of the feet to the little toes.

When people have back pain acupuncturists commonly needle points on this meridian - local points on the back itself and other points on this meridian, such as those on the feet. Rubbing and/or pressing these same points can also relieve back pain and tension, as you have discovered.

All the best,

Matthew

Reader's comment

I read this and began massaging around the point and literally felt a sensation in my lower back! Wow...that is neat!

Matthew's reply: Hi, that's great to hear. And it's just one of many simple Chinese self-massage techniques for lower back (and hip) pain. My favorite lower back massage technique is the Lumbar Rub. Just put a little oil on your lower back and use your palms or knuckles to rub up and down either side of your spine and across to your hips and butt muscles - where ever the pain and tension is. Do it for several minutes until the area gets red and hot, 2-3 times a day.

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