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Acupressure Care for Low Back Pain

Learn acupressure points to relieve pain at home

When you feel pain, do you touch the area that hurts? That’s a very natural response, and using acupressure could help more.

Acupressure is a treatment that activates your body’s natural pain-control system. It may help you relieve pain without medication. Watch a licensed VA acupuncturist walk you through seven acupressure points that can ease low back pain.

These acupressure points shouldn’t be painful. Use only comfortable pressure. The amount of pressure needed may vary from day to day or even between different times of the day. You can use these points as often as needed, up to five times a day. You might not see relief right away. Try it for a few weeks before deciding acupressure isn’t right for you.

Don’t use acupressure if you have a wound, sore, severe swelling, active infection, recent blood clot, or rash. Reach out to your health care provider if any of these activities cause more pain. If you have a Premium account, send a Secure Message for any non-urgent questions.

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Acupressure for Low Back Pain (PDF)

Updated September 7, 2021