Apply deep, probing pressure with fingertip, knuckle or soft-pointed object, such as a pencil eraser.
Acupoint 4: Bl60
In the depression just behind the outer anklebone
TCM: Bladder 60
Sprains can be quite painful, but are much better than broken bones! Be sure to check with a qualified health care professional to ensure all you have is a sprain. Meanwhile, try this acupressure point to relieve pain while waiting for care. In addition to this one, you may want to also try acupressure points for the specific body area or part where the pain is. There are points you can try for the ankle
, the knee
, the lower back
and upper back
, as well as the hip
. It is also reccommended that you rest the affected body part. Use periodic ice pack for 10 to 20 minutes every couple of hours during the day for the first two or three days or until swelling goes down. Compression with a bandage or garment and elevation can also help.
If you have not found relief, try the same points on the opposite side of the body, or go back and try a related or similar symptom or body area. If you have not used acupressure before, please see the Instructions, then click the "Body Area" or "A-Z" tab and repeat.