NZ Day 12 – Acupuncture points for Sport fatigue or injury

Today my target is reaching Queenstown, which is only 46km away. The route beside Lake Wakatipu is really hilly, with an elevation up to 1,000m and then down to 300. I take my time to pedal as the sun is not shy at all, my hands, fingers and face get sunburnt.

Queenstown is a town with more tourists than its population, you can see backpackers, bikey, touring groups everywhere. With the advantage of Lake Wakatipu, you can find all sorts of extreme water and air sports/activities here, including jet skiing, rafting, paragliding, bungy jump, skydive…I was considering doing skydive here, but the price is too high comparing to another skydiving paradise in North Island, Taupo. I think I will do it in Taupo next month.

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It is very hard to stretch my tent without anyone notices here, so I go back to Frankton to stay a night.

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Every night after I crawl into my tent, I start to massage my thighs and legs. In fact it is not a difficult job, I let the legs counteract with each other. Let’s say the left foot acting on the right quadriceps and calf muscles and vise versa, just straight line moving and pressing. Then I will focus on pressing on various acupuncture points to relieve the fatigue. Here are some points I recommend:

Spleen 10 (SP10) and Stomach 34 (ST34)

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SP10: When the knee is flexed, on the medial aspect of the thigh, the point is 2 cun above the mediosuperior border of the patella, on the bulge of the medial portion of m. quadriceps femoris.
ST34: When the knee is flexed, on the anterior aspect of the thigh, on the line connecting the anterior superior iliac spine and the lower lateral border of the patella, 2 cun above the patella.
They are both located on top of the tendons attaching quadriceps and patella. Applying pressure gently on them can relieve the tightness of the tendon.

Stomach 36 (ST36)

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ST36: On the anterior aspect of the lower leg, 3 cun below ST 35 (the outer hole of the knee), one finger-breadth (middle finger) from the anterior crest of the tibia.

Chinese ancestors thought that stimulating ST35 can make us walk 3 miles more, that’s why the original name of this point Zhu San Li came from. Gently put some pressure on this point and then move along the muscle next to Tibia bone. It can strengthen your Qi (energy) and blood.

Gallbladder 31 (GB31)

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GB33: On the midline of the lateral aspect of the thigh, 7 cun above the transverse popliteal crease. When the patient is standing erect with the hands hanging down close to the sides, the point is where the tip of the middle finger touches.
This point is right on top of the lateral quadriceps, it can fight fatigue and release tension of the muscles by pressing it constantly.

Urinary bladder 56 (UB56)

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UB56: On the posterior midline of the lower leg between UB 40 and UB 60, when extending the toes straight or lifting the heel, the point is below of m. gastrocnemius in the apex of the depression.
It is on top of calf muscle, if you want to prevent or relieve cramping, this is the point to press!

If you have any questions regarding the acupuncture points and the way to use them, don’t hesitate to send me a email. I will answer you asap!

Kingston to Queenstown 46km

Queenstown to Frankton 5km

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