The pleasure of giving a workout all we got and the satisfaction we derive from the results feel good. The sore and tense muscles that follow? Not so much. And even if massage, heat, ice and analgesics can help, these remedies are not always sufficient.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat almost all ailments, including to boost fitness and relieve pain.
A workout is effective if the muscles can grow afterwards, when we are resting. Acupressure can help.
Applying firm pressure on the energy points with your fingers or a tool balances the energy flow in the body and stimulates the natural healing abilities of the body. Each point is connected by the meridian where it is located to specific conditions (injuries, pain), that is why applying pressure somewhere on the foot for instance can actually relieve muscle tension in the legs.
Acupressure is simple to use (when you know how to locate the points) and relief is fast or immediate.
One of the most effective points for athletes is Large Intestine 4 (LI4), which is located between the thumb and forefinger. Stimulating that point helps to relieve any kind of pain in the lower back region, for example due to weight lifting. Read more…