Exercise #185 – Arthritis Exercises and Acupressure Points, Part 1


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“Those who hold an abundance of virtue
Are similar to newborn infants
Poisonous insects do not sting them
Wild beasts do not claw them
Birds of prey do not attack them
Their bones are weak, tendons are soft
But their grasp is firm.”

Tao Te Ching #55:1 translated at http://www.taoism.net


This exercise to relieve neck tension and the pain of arthritis is a common type of movement that most of us use intuitively when we have a stiff or sore neck.   Always remember, however, to move your neck carefully and slowly in conjunction with the proper breathing.

Head Tilt:

  1. Begin by sitting comfortably in your favorite chair with your back fully supported by the back of that chair.  Your feet should be flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose slowly for about 6 times before you begin the head tilts.
  3. Breathe in through your nose and then tilt your head gently to the right as you  breathe out through your nose.  Continue alternating sides for a total of 12 tilts or 6 to each side.  Remember to breath in as you lift your head to the center and breathe out as you lower your head toward your shoulders.

Shoulder Well (GB 21) Acupressure Point:

  • The Shoulder Well acupressure point is located (as you can probably guess) on the top of the shoulder about 1 to 2 inches from the base of the neck.
  • Press firmly with your middle finger on this point for no less than a full minute.  You may change sides and repeat the same amount of pressure on the other shoulder for the same amount of time.
  • Michael Reed Gach warns us to press on this point lightly if you or the person you are working on is pregnant.  The illustration below is taken from his wonderful book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.

Don’t forget to drink water at the end of your exercise session or any time you begin to feel thirsty.  A Word of Caution…If you have or have had problems with your kidneys, please consult your physician.


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The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only.  Always consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.

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