Acupressure for Achilles Tendonitis

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Achilles tendonitis is a condition that describes the inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Learn about acupressure for Achilles tendonitis 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'll be discussing Achilles tendonitis and the use of acupressure to relieve symptoms. Achilles tendonitis is actually inflammation of the Achilles tendon, both are here. Here on the ankle, and that tendon actually runs, it actually hooks into the heel bone, and comes up this way. So, a lot of times, you'll have pain here and then, sometimes, actually it will refer down and you'll have a little bit of heel pain. And if it's really inflamed, you might actually even begin to have like a bump there, or some redness. So, some local points that you can stimulate, are Bladder 60 and Kidney 3. Now, they are both located behind the Malleolus. So, Lateral Malleolus, Bladder 60, is right here, in this little indentation. Kidney 3 is also located just on the other side of the ankle, in the indention between the Medial Malleolus. So, you can grab both points and stimulate them at the same time. Now, what this does is, this helps recirculation. So, if there's an acute inflammation and this isn't too painful, this could be really helpful. If this is really inflamed, let's say, that you ran on it. Which, Achilles tendonitis definitely tends to be from over use. So, I always try and tell people, give yourself a break, take a couple weeks off, of any intense exercise. Or being on your feet for long periods of time, I might use Gall Bladder 34. Now Gall Bladder 34, see I'm going to start in the gall bladder meridian. And I'm going to come up the side of the leg, just before the knee. Where the Fibular head tends to curve, there's actually a little indentation, right in here. And a lot of times, it'll be really tender, if you're experiencing any tendon, or ligament issues. And this point is actually helpful in treating the tendons and ligaments of the entire body. And also helps with production of Synovial fluids in the joints. So, if this is too tender to touch on this point. You may touch Gall Bladder 34 , instead. Or, if you've only got inflammation on one side, you might actually treat the channels on the other side. The channels are bilateral and they actually circle together. So, don't think that you have to treat the side, that the pain is at . It's actually kind of a strange thing, when you go to an acupuncture physician. The patient, all the time, will say, but my pain's on the other side. If it's too inflamed or too deficient, we might actually choose to treat the channels on the other side. So, give that a try, as well. I encourage you to seek out your local acupuncture physician. To make sure that your diagnosis of Achilles tendonitis is correct. And also, so that you can receive acupuncture, to help with the symptoms of the Achilles tendonitis. And to get exercises that you can do to strengthen that area of the body. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for Achilles tendonitis.

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