Acupressure for PGP (Pelvic Girdle Pain), labour preparation and tendonitis.
Gallbladder 34, GB34, YangLingQuan “Yang Hill Spring”
We love GB34, it is a magnificent point for moving energy through the body. It also has a strong effect on sinews and tendons, so it is frequently used for any condition involving these aspects of our bodies. In clinic, it is commonly used for labour preparation at 36 < weeks, and also during later term, 40 < weeks, as a way to facilitate labour and loosen the pelvis. It is also an excellent choice to relieve pelvic pain and help with any joint inflammation or tendon pain.
This study (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25601007) showed GB34’s use with stroke patients to increase their ability for conscious movement, and to promote the rehabilitation of hemiplegia and spasm.
This study (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26459006) will look at GB34’s role in relieving sciatic pain patients with lumbar disc herniation.
GB34 is easy to locate, and can be self-massaged successfully and without discomfort. To massage GB34, first we must locate it. The textbook location for GB34 is “Below the lateral aspect of the knee, in the tender depression approximately 1 cun anterior and inferior to the head of the fibula.” The fibula is the bone on the outside of our lower leg. The head of the fibula is just below the level of the bottom of our kneecap, and presents as a raised bump on the outside of our lower leg. Watch this video for a detailed viewing of the location of GB34 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKDbtqzy_Ac) .
You should massage GB34 with your thumbs for 3-5 minutes on each side. You can do this several times a day and your body will thank-you!