Acupressure for Circulation in the Feet

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Acupressure can be a great way to increase circulation in the feet, which itself can relieve pain. Learn about acupressure for circulation in the feet with help from a doctor of Oriental medicine in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, acupuncture physician and clinical herbalist. Today, we will be discussing acupressure to help with circulation in the feet. Now, if you're prone to ankle swelling or maybe even a little bit of light neuropathy these two points can help you especially if it's an issue with water in the ankles. So, I'm just going to lift these pants back here. Both of the points are located on the spleen channel and the spleen channel runs along the foot where the red and the white skin meet and then we also come up this way up the leg. So, the first point is actually Spleen 6. Spleen 6 is located one hand breadth from the medial malleolus just off the medial side of the tibia. Now, a lot of times there's actually a little bit of indention here, so you want to use light to moderate pressure because it actually might be a little sensitive especially if you are very swollen and this is on both legs of course and this helps to alleviate swelling. So, if both ankles are swelling, you certainly want to use this point on both sides. Then, we're going to continue up the spleen channel right where the tibia starts to curve, there's also another divot right here. And this point is usually exquisitely tender on anybody that has problems with water retention or swelling in the ankles and you're going to use about as much pressure as you can stand in a circular motion. Do each point for about a minute, and then let it rest and return. The other thing to remember is that if circulation is an issue, exercise is also helps immensely as well as stretching and elevating your legs when they're swollen. It's important to understand why your feet are swelling or why there is reduction in circulation so I encourage you to sink out your local acupuncture physician to find out why it's happening to you. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for increasing circulation in the feet.


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