How to find pressure points on the body

Updated March 23, 2017

Pressure points are nerve bundles found throughout the body. They can cause both pain and pleasure. They are easy to find yet difficult to master. Human bodies are symmetrical. If you find a pressure point on the right side, there is also one in the same spot on the left side. If there's a pressure point in your hand, there will be one in a similar location on your foot. A few major pressure points are easiest to find, but they represent just a few of the thousands of pressure points on the human body.

Pinch the sides of your Achilles tendon; this can be either pleasurable or painful, depending on how hard you squeeze. Find a corresponding pressure point on the webbing of your hand in the meaty part between your thumb and pointer finger.

Pinch the sides of your upper arm about an inch above your elbow. Feel around; you will know when you find it. Then press the corresponding spot above your knee.

Find the ball of your foot, which is the part of the foot you stand on when you are on your tiptoes. Press on the spot under the ball of the foot in the arch, located closer to the inside of the foot than the outside. Now find the corresponding spot in your palm next to the meaty part under the thumb.

Poke around your head and neck to find other pressure points. You can find them on the temples, in the pocket just beneath your ears, and along the ridge of muscle connecting your shoulder and neck. If there's a pressure point on your right side, there's another one on your left side.

Grab a friend and position him on his stomach. Press about 1 inch away from the spine on each side, but do not press directly on it. Pressure points can be found along both sides of the spine.


Pressing a pressure point too hard can hurt or even injure you. Press gently at first and then gradually increase pressure. Stop if it hurts.

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Kent Ninomiya is a veteran journalist with over 23 years experience as a television news anchor, reporter and managing editor. He traveled to more than 100 countries on all seven continents, including Antarctica. Ninomiya holds a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences with emphasis in history, political science and mass communications from the University of California at Berkeley.