Monday, February 19, 2007



KNEE AILMENTS

The knee is a part of the body that can go wrong easily in athletic endeavors. Unfortunately, serious ligament us tears and torn cartilages can result from seemingly insignificant, as well as significant trauma. Therefore, it is important to see a doctor about any knee that seems seriously injured before relying too much on pressure acupuncture. If the doctor feels conservative therapy is indicated then acupressure should be given a good try. If the knee does not respond, the doctor should be re-consulted. This advice actually applies to pressure acupuncture in general but is more important with some things than others. The first knee point is knee point 1, (fig 27)



Fig. 27
Knee point 1
(Stomach 35)
Location can be seen by slightly bending the knee and finding the depression at the lower outside edge of the knee cap.

Knee/Leg injuries and Knee Arthritis

Knee point 2 (fig.28) is important with knee and leg injuries and arthritis of the knee. Since this point is usually somewhat remote to the actual injury, fairly strong pressure can be applied to it as well as rotational motion, if desired.



Fig. 28
Knee Point 2
(Stomach 34)
It is located in the muscle that runs on the outside of the thigh, two inches up from the knee-cap. Have the patient sit on a chair and bend his leg at a 90 degree angle. measure two inches up from the top of the knee-cap. The point is slightly to the outside of the leg.


Knee point 3 (fig. 29) is a point that has some other uses besides for knee injuries, but it is a point that should be included for pressure and massage in knee injuries and infirmities.




Fig. 29
Knee point 3
(Liver 8)
Location can be found by bending the knee and finding the crease formed on the medial or inner aspect. The point is at the end of the crease, see also knee point 4(fig. 30) has been previously encountered in back injuries. It also has its uses as a local point in knee injuries and is a very useful site. Pressure is especially helpful. Massage can be tried to see if it is of aid.



Fig. 30
Knee point 4
(Bladder 54)
Located on the back portion of the knee exactly at the mid point of the crease. See also fig 13.


Knee point 5 fig. 31 is another general point as well as a local one. Again, it can be useful because it will frequently be away from the site of the injury and heavier pressure earlier can be applied here.

Knee point 6 fig. 32 is another multiple use point that is somewhat removed from the usual sore point or injury point. It must also be remembered that occasionally these slightly remote points will be the object of injury, and then



Fig. 31
Knee point 5
Spleen 9
Located at the top of the shinbone, on the inside of the leg. To make it simple, it is located at the level three finger breadth below the lower level of the knee cap at the intersection of an imaginary line traveling vertically along the middle of the middle of the inside of the leg see also fig. 73



Points closer to the knee itself can have pressure applied. Also it is important to remember that the actual point of injury can be massaged gently at first in association with these pressure points being manipulated.



Fig. 32
Knee point 6
Spleen 10
Have the patient sit and bend his leg at a degree of 90 angle. Catch the centre of his knee cap with the centre of young palm. The tip of your thumb will touch knee point 6. two inches above the knee cap. In fact it is located at a level three finger breadth above the upper board of the knee cap where an imaginary line traveling vertically up the middle of the inside of the thigh crosses that level. See also fig 50 & 57



Knee point 7 fig 33 is another systemic site and has many uses. However , it is one of the important points for knee disabilities, if not the most important, and should be considered first in the selection of what sites should utilized



Fig. 33
Knee point 7
Gall Bladder
Located in front of and below the head of the fibula, which is the rounded knob located near the middle of the outside aspects of the leg at a level about two fingerbreadth below the lower level of the knee cap. the point itself is located in the depressed area in front of and below the fibula head. See also fig. 83