Acupressure for Bone Spurs

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Bone spurs are a type of bony projection that forms along the joints in your body. Learn about acupressure for bone spurs 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 for bone spurs. Now, bone spurs can happen in different areas of the body. You can get them on the ankle, heel bones, as well as in the hips and sometimes even in the shoulders. And they tend to really hurt, because it's a calcification of the bone that gets these little spiny processes that stick out off of it, and then it kind of just digs into the fascia, which is the surrounding tissue, and that's where you experience the pain. And it can also kind of cause this chronic inflammation of the fascia. So, like on the foot, where a lot of times people will get a bone spur here in the heel, the fascia that lines the bottom of the foot will sometimes be so aggravated that you'll develop planar fasciitis. And the fascia likes to lay down. It's kind of like in a weaved pattern, and when it gets inflamed it does this, and it doesn't want to lay down. So, obviously treating the root cause would be to get rid of the bone spur itself. So, acupressure I'm going to show you is just going to stimulate circulation into the area to help increase circulation. The point bladder 60, located behind the lateral malleolus, in a divot right here, is a point that I will commonly needle when there is a bone spur right here on the heel of the foot. If the fascia is involved, you can also give yourself acupressure along the lines where the red and the white skin meet on the foot, and that will sometimes help to let the fascia lay back down. And what's really effective in treating bone spurs, more so than acupressure a lot of times, is actually herbal medicine. One herb in particular comes to mind is hydrangea, which if you've ever seen hydrangea plants, they're pretty cool that they can turn out blue or pink depending on the pH of the soil that they're in, and that's because it has a free electron, and that changes based on the pH of the soil. Well in the body, when you ingest hydrangea, that free electron actually binds to the stag horns, either on bone spurs or kidney stones. It helps to round them out; and so if you can round out the bone spur, it doesn't affect the fascia as much. So, another interesting way to try and help relieve the pain associated with bone spurs. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for bone spurs.

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