In November last year, I noticed that I had persistent back pain that occurred simultaneously with bloating. Bloating isn’t a new experience to me as I am lactose intolerant. When I take too much milk, I end up with a bloated belly. Backpain with bloating was new, however. I had to consult a medical expert who told me about the kind of back pain that occurs as a result of gas and introduced me to the acupressure points for back pain due to gas.
Before trying out acupressure, I decided to do some research first. I was amazed to find that back pain due to bloating wasn’t new, and it didn’t require serious medication. This meant that alternative medicine could solve my problem. While my back pain was sharp and stabbing, I found that for some, the pain was dull and aching.
I also found out that people get back pain and bloating from hormonal shifts, pregnancy, urinary tract infection, stress, gas, and gastrointestinal problems. Of course, my back pain and bloating were due to gas. That was enough for me to go ahead with acupressure which the medical expert advised. I’ll show you how in this article.
How To Relieve Back Pain Due To Gas With Acupressure
If you’re still wondering how back pain can relate to gas, this research shows that gas can cause spinal pains like low back pain and neck pain. Also, based on the advice of researchers, it’s safe to clinically use acupuncture and acupressure therapy for conditions that conventional medicine cannot satisfactorily remedy, such as back pain due to gas.
Having established this, here are the two effective acupressure treatments for back pain due to gas:
Acupoint: Bl-23 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-23/Shen Shu/Kidney Transporter)
Bl-23 is one of the two effective acupressure points for abdominal pain, especially those that lead to back pain. It is called Shenshu in Chinese, which translates to Kidney Shu in English. It is a bladder meridian acupoint that is located at the waist.
You’ll find Bl-23 at the lower back, two-finger width between the second and third lumbar vertebra of the spine. To easily locate these points, find the back of your belly button (green circle above), then move 1.5 cun from your spine on both sides of your back.
In TCM, Bl-23 is considered as the Back-Shu point of the Kidney. This means that it functions as an energizer of the kidney. It nourishes the Yin and Essence of the kidney and packs a lot of benefits to the lower back, ears, and bones. Hence, it is very effective clinically in treating soreness of the muscle and backache.
It is also one of the acupressure points to start labor, as well as for treating impotence and irregular menstruation. All you have to do to activate Bl-23 is locate the pressure point on both sides of your back with your index and middle finger, then press down lightly in a circular possum for 2 minutes, pausing at 30 seconds intervals.
Acupoint: Bl-25 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-25/Da Chang/Large Intestine Transporter)
The next self-administered acupressure point for back pain due to gas is Bl-25. This pressure point is like a sister to Bl-23. It is also a bladder meridian acupressure point that’s located at the waist region.
Bl-25 is located below Bl-23. They both are acupoints beside the spine. You’ll find Bl-25 two-finger width between the spine, at the fourth lumbar vertebra. To easily locate these points, trace a finger down your spine to the point where your waist joins with your buttocks. 1.5 cun away from the spine, on both sides of the spine, is Bl-25.
In TCM, BL-25 is considered as the Back-Shu of the Large Intestine. This means that it functions as a regulator of the Large Intestine and an energizer of the lower back. For this reason, it is one of the acupressure points for back pain. Bl-25 is used clinically to also treat any tightness or soreness that you experience in your waist muscles, as well as constipation, abdominal distention, and indigestion.
To active this acupoint, apply lateral pressure with your middle and Index finger in the pressure point for 2 minutes, pausing after every 30 seconds.