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"Discovering the Most Effective Selfcare Pressure Points for Tailbone Pain Relief"

Updated: Apr 8

Are you experiencing tailbone pain? Imbalances resulting from factors like kidney qi deficiency, or stagnation of qi and blood in specific meridians may influence the lower back or tailbone area. It's believed that addressing these imbalances through various TCM modalities, including acupuncture, can help alleviate pain and restore harmony in the body's energy flow.

Tailbone Pain

Here are a few pressure points commonly recommended for relieving tailbone pain:

GV4 (Mingmen) and GV3 (Yaoyangguan): Located on the lower back, on the midline, between the second and fourth lumbar vertebrae. These points are thought to strengthen the kidneys and lower back, improve the circulation of qi and blood, and alleviate pain.

BL32 (Ciliao): Located on the second sacral foramen. This point is often used for issues related to the lower back and pelvic area, including tailbone pain.

BL33 (Zhongliao) and BL34 (Xialiao): These points are located on the sacrum, in the third and fourth sacral foramina, respectively. They are believed to be effective for treating pain in the sacral region.

GB30 (Huantiao): Located near the junction of the lateral one-third and medial two-thirds of the distance between the prominence of the greater trochanter and the sacrococcygeal hiatus. It's used for hip and lower back pain, sciatica, and can influence the tailbone area.

BL60 (Kunlun): Located between the Achilles tendon and the lateral malleolus of the ankle. This point is used for lower back pain, including discomfort in the tailbone, as it is believed to clear heat and stimulate the downward flow of qi and blood.

LV3 (Taichong): Located on the foot, between the first and second metatarsal bones. While primarily associated with liver qi regulation, stimulating this point can also help address the stagnation of qi that might contribute to tailbone pain.

We can use a tennis ball to help us press the corresponding acupoints to alleviate symptoms. However, if the condition worsens or there is no significant relief after two weeks, it is necessary to seek help from a professional.

It's important to note that the effectiveness of these pressure points can vary from person to person, and the approach to treatment in TCM is highly individualized.

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