When a headache occurs, you may have difficulty performing your daily activities. Headaches can range from a dull ache to a raging pain.
You probably take prescription drugs or even over-the-counter medication to alleviate the headache. But, you can also relieve it without taking any medications.
What Is Acupressure?
When you experience a headache, you may instinctively rub your head where it hurts.
In fact, acupressure is an ancient technique similar to acupuncture. In addition, acupuncture uses needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points to promote the natural self-healing process, whereas acupressure uses gentle firm touch. Acupressure practitioners use an external force to boost vital energy. They apply pressure along energy pathways to promote the natural self-healing process, thus alleviating pain, combating illness, and restoring balance. Moreover, energy pathways traverse throughout the body and connect various points.
Additionally, when you experience a headache, you may instinctively start massaging the base of your neck or your temples. That is actually acupressure.
According to a Taiwanese study, acupressure is better than muscle relaxer medications when it comes to alleviating pain and decreasing the frequency of chronic headaches.
The good news is that you can perform acupressure anywhere. Simply sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Start taking deep breaths and then apply deep, firm pressure to every pressure point. You should also massage by using small circular motions in order to boost blood flow below the surface.
It is advisable to massage every point for up to a minute. In case your headache persists ten minutes after you massage the last point, you should repeat the same procedure.
You may also want to perform acupressure as often as you like.
Here Are 6 Acupressure Points for Immediate Headache Relief:
He Gu is located in your hand at the highest point of your muscle when you hold your thumb against your index finger. In order to find this point, open your hand and press the meaty part of your muscle in the web between your hand and thumb. If you massage it adequately, it helps alleviate migraine headaches, tension headaches, dizziness, jaw pain, diarrhea, constipation, congestion, stomach ache, and sinusitis.
This acupressure point is positioned one inch above the beginning of the front curve of your ear. You need to feel a slight indentation in the bone, which confirms the location of this point.
Massaging it helps alleviate migraine headaches, vertigo, vomiting, and tinnitus. It is recommended to massage this point on both sides of your head for maximum benefits.
These two points are positioned on either side of your spine where it meets the base of your skull. Massaging them helps fight headaches, nasal congestion, stiff neck, body aches, fever, sore throat, shoulder and back pain, dizziness, memory, and lack of concentration.
These two points are positioned on either side of your nostrils, where your nose meets your cheek. You should apply gentle pressure to these points in order to relieve headaches, congestion, sinus problems, allergies, nosebleeds, and blurred vision. Massaging this acupressure point helps alleviate nasal congestion even if you suffer from acute respiratory tract infections.
These two points are positioned at the edge of your bone and at the base of your inner eyebrows. Applying pressure to these points helps relieve headaches, repeated sneezing, hay fever, psychosis, stiff neck, dizziness, blurred vision, and eye disease.
Yintang, also referred to as “the third eye”, is an acupressure point located between your eyebrows. In other words, it is located where the bridge of your nose meets your forehead.
Applying gentle pressure to this point helps alleviate headaches, vertigo, eye fatigue, and insomnia.
If you do not get enough sleep or work on your computer, consider applying pressure to this point.
Even though acupressure does not address the root cause of your headache, it can help reduce stress, boost energy, and stimulate lymph and blood circulation throughout your body.
So the next time you experience a headache, massage any of these acupressure points for immediate relief.
- Forem, Jack. ˮHealing with Pressure Point Therapy: Simple, Effective Techniques for Massaging Away More Than 100 Common Ailmentsˮ;
- Gach, Michael. ˮAcupressure’s Potent Points: A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailmentsˮ;