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By P. Sze | Last updated: December 11, 2022

Learn These 7 Foot Pressure Points For Back Pain With Minimal Effort

After renovating and embellishing the clinic, I saw a manifold increase in my clinical practice. The patients felt comfortable, and the change in ambiance was evident. The new crown and wall molding pleased the customers, so now I had to work three extra hours. The ordeal was strenuous, and the myriad of patients brought with it a toll on my back. This made me recall one of my patients who spoke about the foot pressure points for back pain.

Visits to Chiropractors and Physiotherapists

Days passed, and my backache worsened. I didn’t remember the contact of my patient who knew about foot acupressure points for back pain. Now, I was down as I felt a persistent excruciating pain in my back in all positions instead of just one. I had to do something about it.

The immediate step I took was to visit a physiotherapist. The physio laid me down on a bed and pulled and pushed my legs, and it relieved me for a few minutes, and I was back to the agony as soon as I returned home.

The next morning I found myself at the merciless hands of a chiropractor (because my brother thought it was the best way)  and Oh boy! It was sheer torture. The Chiro stretched my muscles and pressed my joints brutally. The cracking sound of the nitrogen bubbles resonated in my ears.

To be honest, it was tranquilizing. I felt relieved of the pressure on my lower back. I was able to walk back home and could resume my practice. But all of this lasted for a few months only and was again suffering through pain and stiffness of the back.

The Acupressure Suggestion

Seeing me in pain, my wife, who had learned Traditional Chinese Medicine from her father, suggested that I start having some faith in the foot pressure points for back pain. My wife’s father was a Chinese Medicine expert, and my wife used to attend to patients before our marriage.

I didn’t believe in anything outside of the medical world, so my wife had to give it all up for me. I knew the acupressure technique was part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and relied on the flow of energy called Qi. This energy flowed through pathways called meridians that connected different vital organs of the body, but it was too much for me to buy.

However, this time it was a different scenario. Now, I was in pain and depressed about the discomfort that hindered me from working. Thus, it made me desperate for a solution.

Selecting Where to Apply Pressure

My wife informed me that there are numerous parts of the body in acupressure that correspond to spine health. She asked me where I would like to get my acupressure therapy done.

As my pain increased, I felt increasingly sensitive to touch. I still don’t know that it is me alone or other people who feel hypersensitive to pain whenever faced with a backache. Well, I asked my wife to find out pressure points in the foot for back pain as I thought I wouldn’t feel much pain in the feet.

Foot Pressure Points for Back Pain

After having my complete confidence, my wife made a phone call to her father as it had been a long time since she had provided foot massage or acupressure therapy. He reinforced what she had already planned. I felt proud of my wife’s memory.

She warmed herself up like she was entering the wrestling arena. I feared a little, but I knew she loved me (and won’t harm me).

Then it began. I could feel the professional hands of my wife get back in form. My curious nature couldn’t allow me to stay silent, and every time she touched my feet, I blurted out, Which point is it, and what does it do?

So, I am sharing the information about pressure points on feet for lower back pain that  I acquired by getting on my wife’s nerves. She also told me about the reflexes on the soles of feet that provide pain relief from backache.

1. Acupoint: Liv-3 (Other Names: Liver-3/Tai Chong/Supreme Rush)


My wife laid me down and bent my right knee. She grabbed my foot and located this acupressure point on the sole between my big toe and my second toe. She then applied pressure on this tender point of mine.

She kept gentle pressure on this point for about a couple of minutes, after which I felt no evident change. She claimed that I could massage this point by myself too.

Other uses of Liv-3: Ear Blockage

2. Acupoint: Bl-60 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-60/Kun Lun/Kunlun Mountains)

Her next area of work was the ankle. I was a bit worried that this might tickle me, but it didn’t. My wife then massaged the area around my ankle, and it was at this moment that I could feel the Qi flowing.

She gave special attention to the Bladder 60 (Bl-60) point, which is located between the outer ankle and the tendon of the foot (i.e., Achilles tendon). The point is famous for its lower back-pain relieving.  I was amused that the pressure point was known as the Kunlun Mountains.

By now, I was a little emotional as I saw this as a ray of hope. I felt some relief in my spine, and it didn’t cost me anything.

3. The Area around the Heel

Then she applied pressure on the area around the heel. She grabbed the foot tightly and massaged the heel and the entire area around. She sent quite some time on this as she carefully applied pressure on the heel area, and felt some comfort after this.

4. The area between the Heel and Middle of the foot

After doing the heel and ankle, she then reached the middle of the foot. She picked the area between the heel and the middle of the foot and claimed that it was among the best pressure points on feet to relieve lower back pain. She did the clockwise and circular massage for a couple of minutes.

5. The Cervical Spine Area

A massage on the inside edge of the foot eases and improves the blood supply of the cervical spine. The pressure points lie in a line on the edge of the foot on the sole side but not on the sole rater on the side. My wife verbally explained to me this point but didn’t do it.

6. The Sciatic Nerve Area

These were the most awaited points. I felt better with the release of pressure from the back, but this was what I longed for.

My wife massaged this area on both my feet for about 10 minutes each. The sciatic nerve area is more like an L-shaped band that extends down from the ankle and continues on the sole. The band stretches for around 10cm measuring from the ankle bone to the last point on the sole.

7. The Upper Back Area

When addressing my upper back pain, my wife asked me to give up my cell phone usage habit because she claimed that this upper back pain was all due to my slouching. I hated to agree, but I knew this was the truth.

First, she applied pressure on the sole. The area can be found just beneath the base of the toes.

It was good to know that a thin strip area exists on the top of the feet that corresponds to the top of the shoulders. She used her thumb to massage the area to relieve me of my shoulder pain from slouching.

General Massage to the Feet

After targeting the acupressure points on the feet that relieve back pain, she massaged both of my feet. It was a general massage which my wife gave out of love.

Though later, I found out that it is recommended to have a general massage before starting the therapy, and my wife had forgotten this part. But anyway, it didn’t make much difference.

How Was My Experience?

For the first time in life, I believed in acupressure, and even after just one session, I had become a staunch believer of the foot pressure points for back pain. When nothing else seemed to work, a foot massage proved to be a ray of hope.

The experience was unlike any other. My back felt a little better immediately after the session, and I was back on track after a couple of sessions more. On the day of complete relief, I took my TCM expert wife out for shopping (to thank her).

I would recommend all of you to at least give it a try.

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P. Sze

P. Sze

P. Sze is the founder of TCM Tips and Dragon Acupuncture®. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a first-class honor in Civil Engineering. She also holds a master’s degree in Engineering and is the brain behind the innovative TCM products of Dragon Acupuncture®. She is the author of The Beginner's Guide to Auricular Therapy: Application of Ear Seeds (ISBN 978-1520451398) and Facial Gua Sha - Fight the Signs of Aging Naturally and Inexpensively (ISBN 978-1980678922). She has dedicated her life to ensuring that the complex theories behind oriental medicine and the seemingly dangerous techniques that involve needles and fire do not scare you from trying oriental medicine. This is why she writes endlessly about acupressure and its countless health and wellness benefits.

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