Important Point for Abdominal Massage
There are times when massaging the abdomen feels like the problem you wanted to solve does not respond positively to the treatment. When I was learning and perfecting abdominal massage to treat backpain, sciatica, incontinence, I also encountered the problem. However, upon probing for points to correspond with the problem, it did not take long for me to discover a very important point to complete the treatment. Gall Bladder 26(Guide Point)If we look at the diseases/health problems this point could help, you may not believe to the vast number of problem they give us, such as the following:
From the above list, the following are the problems I found out to respond very well from massaging the point:
- Pain in the lower back and hypochondriac region
- Hip pain
- False urge to urinate or defecate
- Lumbar pain
From my own list, here are the problems I always treat using Gall Bladder Point 26:
- Testicular pain
- Numbness on the leg going down to the foot
- Feeling bloated
- Pain when lying on your side of the body (Side where you feel the sciatica problem)
Locating Gall Bladder 26
To find the exact location of this point, locate the free end of your last rib. Just below it is the point. For additional guide, it is found at the level of the umbilicus or navel. Now, using the thumb, probe the point or around it for an area that is sensitive to touch. The point sometimes is concentrated like the size a coin, and sometimes it covers a wider area. The point can also be stimulated further away from the point itself, so, it is up to you to find those areas around the point that responds to thumb pressure.
How to Press it
Use the fleshy pad of the thumb of the hand on the same side where the problem is felt. This can be done while sitting down on a chair on erect position, while standing, or lying on your side where the point is on top. If lying down on your side, position your upper leg a little in front of the bottom leg, or find a position where you could feel the point is responsive to your thumb pressure. To have a stronger and steadier pressure, use the other hand to support the working hand by holding its wrist.
Length of Pressure
The length of pressure can be very short(one count) to long pressure(10 counts +) depending on the intensity of the pain. If the point gives an intense pain, apply the pressure as quick as you could tolerate, and keep repeating it for a count of ten. Rest, then repeat three or more times. Then stop and wait for an hour or more, then repeat the procedure. The pain should become tolerable as you go on. At this time you should be able to apply longer pressure, and the problem should at least is “magically” gone.