‘Tis the season to be competing, some injuries, stiffness or general muscle fatigue may have set in. Acupressure point, BL 60, known as the Aspirin point, is just the ticket to relieve any soreness, stiffness or strain that may be occurring. A natural pain reliever, this point relaxes muscles, relieves stiffness in the neck, releases pain in the lower and upper back, in hind limbs and the ankles. In humans it also can be used for headaches, dizziness and convulsions. As the horse’s have lengthened my hours of physical training this past week, I have been holding this point on an hourly basis and enjoying it’s natural pain releasing benefits! It’s a very easy, simple yet incredibly effective tool.
Acupressure is an ancient healing art developed in Asia over 3,000 years ago, using the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension, and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force energy (Qi or chi) to promote health and healing. Using the same points as Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupressure applies a comfortable range of pressure from gentle to firm. Acupressure is safe, non-toxic and definitely habit forming… And the horses absolutely love it!
Be aware that there is no “right” location in acupressure. The exact location of equine, canine, feline and human acupressure points depend on the source. Acupressure drawings offer you a guide, not an exact map. To perform acupressure, place the ball of your thumb or middle finger on the acupressure point. Gently apply direct pressure to the point while exhaling. Use prolonged pressure directly on the point; gradual, steady, penetrating pressure for approximately three minutes is ideal. Slowly release the point while inhaling.
For horses press whenever you sense your horse could use an aspirin! For yourself, you’ll know when you need it!