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Acu-Short: Quick relief for Stiff Neck

Woke up with a stiff neck? Here's one point you can try for quick relief.

This point is 外劳宫,Wai Lao Gong (EX-UE8) or more popularly known by its nickname, 落枕穴 Lao Zhen Xue. 落枕 refers to the condition of stiff neck after waking up. This goes to show how effective this point can be that it is named after the condition. I've showed this point to some students who have found it interesting and useful for them.


On the back of the hand, in the depression between index and middle finger, 0.5 cun behind the second and third metacarpophalangeal joints. (This isn't the official description. I made it more layman for easier understanding.)

Some uses of this point include:

  • Stiff neck

  • Pain of arm and hand

  • Stiffness of fingers

How to use it:

  1. Look for your index and middle finger.

  2. Feel for the first knuckle of each finger.

  3. Travel just behind the knuckles towards the wrist and look for a depression in between.

  4. Press into the depression and massage with your finger with some pressure. It may feel sore. In the video, I had used the thumb at first but I find using the index finger easier due to the small size of the space. You can also use a tool like a pen with a blunt tip. Avoid sharp objects.

  5. After massaging for a while, slowly turn your head from side to side while pressing the point. You can also try moving your head in different directions slowly.

  6. You can massage this point on both hands for 3 - 5 minutes. For most points, you can massage 1 - 2 times a day.

You may feel a little relief immediately and more after a bit of time has passed. You don't have to keep pressing the point all day as the point can also be fatigued. Do give the body time to recover on its own.

Try it out and let me know how it goes for you!

Disclaimer: The content is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or professional care. If you have or suspect you have a health problem, you should consult a doctor or a qualified healthcare provider.

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