The Must-Know Acupressure Point For Gardeners
Gardening can be quite rough on your joints, muscles and tendons; the activity is known to involve much bending, lifting and tugging of heavy dirt bags and tough weeds. But if you find yourself feeling sore after all of that hard work, you’re in for a treat with this blog post.
The name of the point derives quite literally from the term ‘fly and scatter,’ in reference, among many things, to the widespread, quick nature of its effectiveness as well as the metaphysical benefits that proponents of the point cite as benefits of the practice.
This acupressure point is commonly used to treat leg and knee pain, lower back aches, sciatica, shoulder strain and neck pain. It is also known to treat hemorrhoids and is also claimed to harmonize the upper and lower body.
To use this acupressure point yourself (without the help of a doctor), locate the Fei Yang on the back of your calf by touching the V at the bottom of your gastrocnemius muscle.
This muscle quite literally translates to ‘stomach of the leg,’ in reference to the bulge that it produces in your calf. This tendon is involved in the mechanical processes the leg takes while running, jumping and even standing, the former two of which also give this acupressure point its name.
This tendon is prone to spasms and irritation, which can pop up during laborious activities such as gardening and harvesting.
Once you find this point, you’ll want to slide your finger one inch below and towards the outer part of your leg. See the picture for a hint of the area you’re looking for.
Once you’ve found this point, press your forefinger into the tissue until you feel a tender spot. This is called the UB 58. Massage this point deeply on both of your legs, making sure to press the tip of your forefinger into it and move in small circles. Cycle between one-minute periods of massaging and resting.
Obviously, this isn’t the be-all-that-ends-all solution for your gardening-related aches and pains; if you find yourself with severe pains that return even after you’ve used this method, you may wish to consult an acupressure expert who can help you put together a plan for getting rid of the root cause of these aches.
Before you do, however, rely on this as a means of temporary relief that’ll get you back on your feet and in your yard in no time.
As always, happy gardening!