Exercise #222 – Exercises and Acupressure Points for Muscle and Joint Pain, Part 13


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This week’s exercise may be difficult for some of you with limited mobility in your hip joints.  If  that’s the case, use a previous exercise instead.  Most importantly, be cautious when you try any new exercise.  Please always check with your healthcare provider first.

Leg Sweeps to the Side:

  1. Begin as usual sitting in a comfortable chair, feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart, back fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Take 6 to 12 slow, centering breaths in and out through your nose.
  3. Lift your right leg straight in front of you, thigh resting on the chair.
  4. Sweep your right leg out to the right side slowly as you breathe out through your mouth.
  5. Return your leg to the front as you breathe in through your nose.
  6. Change legs and repeat the sweep out the side breathing out through your mouth.  Return your left leg to the center while breathing in through your nose.
  7. Continue to alternate legs, sweeping out to each side for 6 to 12 times on each side.
  8. If your thigh muscle begin to cramp or you feel discomfort in your hips, stop the exercise and try it again another day.

Sea of Energy (CV 6):

  • Locate the acupressure point labeled CV6 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • Press firmly on this point with two fingers for no less than a full minute while breathing in and out through your nose slowly and thoughtfully, directing the energy to the area of your lower back or hip joint that you’re targeting.
  • You may uses this point frequently throughout the day if needed.

Benefits:  This acupressure point will help to relieve lower-back pain and weakness as well as pain and stiffness in your hip joints and weak abdominal muscles.

Don’t forget to drink water after you finish the exercise or at any time you feel thirsty.  Word of Caution…If you have kidney problems, follow the advice of your physician as to the amount of water you can safely drink.

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