(3) Locate the common pressure points. There are hundreds of pressure points through our bodies. Some of the common ones are:
Large Intestine 4, which is the webbing between your thumb and forefinger.
Liver 3, which is the soft flesh between your big toe and your second toe.
Spleen 6, which is on the lower calf.
Many pressure points are called by multiple names, and sometimes designated by an abbreviation and number, like LI4 or SP6.
(4) Know when to use acupressure during pregnancy. Acupressure has been attributed to helping pregnant women with morning sickness and nausea, with alleviating back pain, with pain management during labor, and with naturally inducing labor. Though acupressure is safe to use during pregnancy, always use caution. You may want to contact your physician, a doula who practices acupressure, or a licensed acupuncturist or acupressurist before trying it on yourself.
All pressure points connected to inducing labor should be avoided on a pregnant woman until after 40 weeks. There is a risk of applying pressure to the points that induce labor too early causing problems.
Step 2 of 3: Using Hand and Back Pressure Points
(1) Large Intestine 4. This pressure point is considered one of the most popular ones to induce labor. It is located on the hand between the thumb and the index finger.
Pinch the webbing between your index finger and thumb. You will be focusing on the area towards the middle of your hand, between the first and second metacarpal bones. Apply steady, firm pressure to this point. Then, start rubbing a circle with your fingers. When your hand gets tired, just shake it out and start again.
When a contraction starts, stop rubbing the pressure point. Resume when the contraction passes.
This pressure point is believed to aid in helping the uterus contract and the baby descend into the pelvic cavity. You can also use this during labor to help ease the sensation of contractions.’
Gallbladder 21. Gallbladder 21 is located between the neck and the shoulder. Before locating GB21, drop your head forward. Have someone find the round knob at the top of the spine, and then the ball of your shoulder. GB21 is located midway between these two points.
Using your thumb or index finger, apply steady downward pressure to this point to massage and stimulate the area. You can also pinch the point between the thumb and index finger on your opposite hand, massage in a downward motion with the index finger for 4-5 seconds while releasing the pinch hold.
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