Exercise #186 – Arthritis Exercises and Acupressure Points, Part 2


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“Good traveling does not leave tracks
Good speech does not seek faults
Good reckoning does not use counters
Good closure needs no bar and yet cannot be opened
Good knot needs no rope and yet cannot be untied.”

Tao Te Ching #27:1 translated at http://www.taoism.net

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 Last week we relaxed our necks by gently tilting our heads from side to side.  This week we’ll loosen our necks with head drops to the chest and to the back.  If you have injured your neck recently or have had surgery on your neck, please consult your physician before you use the following exercise.  As always, perform the movements slowly and gently with the proper breathing and relaxation.

  1.  Begin by sitting in a comfortable chair, feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  Lean back against the back of your chair so that your back is fully supported, but sit  up as straight as possible without slumping or sitting on your tail bone.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose slowly and thoughtfully, counting your breaths for at least 6 complete breaths before you begin.
  3. Breathe in through your nose then lower your head to your chest as you breathe out.  Breathe in again and lift your head slowly and carefully back to an upright position.
  4. Breathe out again as you allow your head to fall back only as far as is comfortable.  Breathe in again as you lift your head back to the upright position.
  5. Continue tilting your head to your chest and back for a total of 12 times always breathing in and out with each movement.

Joining the Valley (LI 4):

  • Locate the acupressure point labeled LI 4 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • Press on the webbing between your thumb and index finger with your other thumb and gradually increase the pressure underneath the bone attached to your index finger.
  • Continue pressing on this point from one to three minutes.   Then, change hands and use this point on your other hand.
  • Daily use of this point will relieve the stiffness and pain of arthritis in your hands, elbows, shoulders and neck.

Warning:  This point should not be used by pregnant women since it may cause premature contractions

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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Health article of the week:  http://online.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/arthritis-relief-just-add-water

Natural rememdy of the week:  http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/arthritis-of-the-neck.html

Exercise video of the week: 

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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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