All of these points help out our knees in one way or another. Particularly after an injury or a big day on the track or at the gym. You can also use many of these points for Crepitus (check out this "Creaky Joints" article to see if this is something you are experiencing).
Using acupuncture at these points is always more powerful however acupressure on your self is great way to compliment and maintain the effects of an acupuncture treatment. It is especially useful if you cannot get into see your practitioner or if you are afraid of needles.
When you are locating these points you are looking for the place that feels “sinkable” or “yummy” -> ya know: that “good kinda ache” <- It might be slightly different on every one. Apply gentle pressure for 5-10 minutes in a circular motion 3-5 times a day at each relevant point.
To decrease pain, swelling, cramps, tension and varicose veins use “Shady Side of the Mountain” (SP9): At the top of your shin move your hand over to the inside of your leg and then down into the soft tissue- it will feel like a snug corner under your knee and is often tender to touch.
For meniscus problems (pain worse with pressure to the knee cap) try stimulating “Calf Nose” (ST35 & Xi Yan): Grip your knee cap with the leg slightly bent, your pointer and ring fingers will rest in little dips below the knee cap- These are the points. Try not push to hard here as pressure is derogatory for a meniscus injury.
For stains and sprains, and for tendons in general, but mostly to benefit a healing knee injury and decrease stiffness use “Sunny Side Of The Mountain” (GB34): It’s located on the outside crease of a bent knee in between those nobly bones.
For arthritis pain use “Commanding Middle” (UB40) to get more blood flow into the knee joint, supporting the soft tissues will help relieve pressure in the bones: This point is also great for low back pain and sciatic pain (shooting pain from the low back, or gluteal muscle, down the legs). Located in the center of the soft place behind your knee.
Stop knee pain, help with muscle tone and strengthen your body overall by using “Three Mile Point” (ST36): This is two inches (four fingers) down from the knee cap, and a finger width toward the outside of your leg. Putting pressure on this area will.
Relieve pain and swelling of the knee with “Crooked Spring” (LV8): Inside the knee at the end of the bent knee crease.
Remove tension from around your knee with “Nourishing Valley” (UB39): Take two fingers, and place them on the edge of the crease in your knee, in the hollow area between the two tendons.
Nourish the muscles surrounding the knee to create generous support of the joint after an injury using “Yin Yang House” (SP10): Three finger widths above your knee cap on the inside of your leg.
About Amber Scriven MS LAc RYT200
Acupuncturist, yoga teacher, herbalist, food lover, and health writer, Amber is the founder of Marin Yoga Hikes and is the co-owner and Acupuncturist at Acupuncture & Homeopathic Studio and practices community Acupuncture at Petaluma Community Acupuncture.
She writes for various online health publications while providing integrative solutions to health care using a blend of everything she has learnt.