Content of the material
- Lesser Place
- 9 Headache Pressure Points to Try
- 2. Yang Hill Spring Pressure Point
- 4. Kunlun Mountains Pressure Point
- 5. Instep Yang Pressure Point
- 9. Arm Three Miles Pressure Point
- Pressure Point 3 – Behind the earlobe
- Best Headache Relief Pressure Points
- 1. Union Valley Pressure Point
- 2. The Third Eye Pressure Point
- 3. Bright Light Pressure Points
- 4. Welcome Fragrance Pressure Points
- 5. Neck Pressure Points
- 6. Feet Pressure Points
- Pressure Points for Hemorrhage
- Temporal Artery
- Facial Artery
- Carotid Artery
- Brachial Artery
- Radial Artery
- Femoral Artery
- Popliteal Artery
- Posterior Tibial Artery
- Dorsalis Pedis Artery
- How to use pressure points to relieve sinus pressure?
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9 Headache Pressure Points to Try
Here are nine areas to massage when you get a headache, also known as headache pressure points.
This is the sought-after eyebrow pressure point for headache relief. Using your index and point finger, press the space between the eyebrows where the bridge of the nose meets the forehead for one minute. You can either press straight on or massage the area in a circular motion. This pressure point stimulates the pineal gland, which is responsible for producing melatonin. Studies show that melatonin regulation provides significant relief for migraines.
2. Yang Hill Spring Pressure Point
Here’s a lesser-known pressure point that you wouldn’t think would be a headache pressure point, since it’s located on the outer leg, near the knee, but it has potential anti-inflammatory and muscle-relaxing effects, says Burns. “To target this point, sit on a chair and feel for a slight depression right under your knee, on the outside of your leg. You will feel the depression just in front of a small bone below and to the right of your leg,” she says. Then, you’ll want to approach that point either with firm pressure or a circular motion for a minute or two.
Give this eye massage for headaches a shot. Using both index fingers, find the brow bone just above the inner corners of the eyes. Apply pressure equally on both sides, or stimulate one side at a time for one minute. This pressure point is not only great for relieving general headaches, but also for easing eye strain and providing allergy relief.
4. Kunlun Mountains Pressure Point
This is another headache pressure point that’s near your ankle. “It has been shown in research to reduce system inflammation and reduce pain,” Burns says. To try this one at home, place your fingers on the outside of your lower ankle, outside the Achilles’ tendon and behind the ankle bone—you can hold that with firm pressure or use a circular motion for one to two minutes instead.
5. Instep Yang Pressure Point
You can utilize this pressure point to target both headaches and sciatica pain. It makes sense to use this point after the Kunlun Mountains pressure point since it’s right above it, in the middle of the back of your calf, explains Burns. You can press on this area firmly or rub it in a circular motion for a couple of minutes, but note that you might feel some tenderness with that pressure, she adds.
To locate these pressure points, guide your index finger to the bottom of your cheekbones alongside each nostril. Press and hold for one minute, or massage the area in circular motions. Along with headaches, the facial beauty pressure point can help relieve toothaches, sinus pain, and congestion.
Interlace your fingers behind your head and stretch the thumbs to press the hollows on the side of your neck at the base of your skull. Use your thumbs to massage the point while you breathe deeply. This pressure point is also great for relieving neck pain and anxiety.
Another great one for stiff necks! To stimulate this pressure point, place your hand on the back of your head and use the thumb to find the center hollow under the base of the skull. This pressure point is also great for calming nerves. To truly feel the benefits, you can also try holding an ice cube to this pressure point. Doing so is said to release endorphins into the bloodstream and restore balance to the body.
9. Arm Three Miles Pressure Point
Want an additional pressure point to relax tension in your neck? Test out this anti-inflammatory one in your forearm, Burns suggests. “Simply bend your arm and place pressure two finger widths below the fold of your elbow, on the top side of your arm (the side with hair),” she says. If you hold it with firm pressure, it’ll feel mushy and tender—you’re also welcome to use a circular motion for one to two minutes.
Pressure Point 3 – Behind the earlobe
1. Find the pressure point correctly. It’s located behind your ear, in the cavity just below the cartilage.
2. Push and release the point 10 times. Do not apply pressure to the cartilage.
Best Headache Relief Pressure Points
Here are some of the best pressure points for headache relief (2).
1. Union Valley Pressure Point
As strange as it may sound, there are headache pressure points on the hands, feet, and other areas far away from the head. One of these spots is right on the web between your index finger and your thumb. By pinching this fleshy area with your other hand’s thumb and index finger, you can relieve headache pain. You can press and massage the area for a couple minutes at a time. This pressure point can also help with toothaches, arthritis, and neck pain.
However, pregnant women should never use this pressure point. It’s believed that this pressure point can cause contractions in pregnant women, so it’s best to focus on other areas if you’re carrying a child.
2. The Third Eye Pressure Point
Right between your eyebrows, above the bridge of your nose, is one of the best pressure points for relieving headaches. Not only is this pressure point great for headaches, but it can also help clear sinuses, as well as tension around the eyes, face, or head. With one finger, press into this spot and apply pressure. Hold your finger there for several minutes before releasing. Doing this a few times each week can help relieve headache pain.
There are also pressure points for headaches over your right eye and left eye, slightly to the side of the Third Eye pressure point. Just move your finger over about a half-inch in either direction to stimulate these pressure points.
3. Bright Light Pressure Points
Another couple of pressure points that are effective for relieving headache pain and sinus congestion are the Bright Light pressure points. These are located just beneath the tip of your eyebrows. There is one of these pressure points for each eye, just above the eye and below the eyebrow tip, in the fleshy area surrounding your eye. Both pressure points can be stimulated using one hand. Apply pressure for one minute, and then release. This will help relieve tension.
4. Welcome Fragrance Pressure Points
There are pressure points for headaches on the right side and left side of your face. Like the other pressure points on your face or head, these are particularly effective for eliminating headache pain and congestion. These pressure points are directly beside your nostrils, beneath your cheekbones and aligning with your pupils. Apply pressure to these two points for one minute each. This can be repeated whenever you have headaches or several times throughout the week.
5. Neck Pressure Points
Heaven’s Pillar pressure points
If tense muscles in your neck are contributing to your headaches, then it follows that neck pressure points should be effective for reducing headache pain. In fact, there are two which can be particularly effective. These two points are located right at the midpoint between your ear and spine, about halfway down your neck. You should be hitting the areas where the muscles meet. Apply pressure to each of these spots for a couple of minutes, which will help ease headaches, along with sore or tense necks.
If you move a little lower, you will reach the Heaven’s Pillar pressure points, which are located roughly a half-inch below the base of your skull. To stimulate these points, tilt your head back and massage the area with a circular motion.
6. Feet Pressure Points
If you’re trying to relieve yourself of headache pain, you probably wouldn’t think that your feet would be much help. However, there are pressure points in your feet that can help with relieving tension and easing pain. On each foot, between your big toe and second toe and roughly half an inch lower than the top of your foot, there is a pressure point. Massage this pressure point and apply pressure for up to five minutes at a time.
Also worth mentioning: if you move between your fourth and fifth toes, and then move another half-inch up, there is another pressure point you can stimulate.
Pressure Points for Hemorrhage
The first step to control bleeding is the application of direct pressure to the wound using a clean cloth. The person assisting should wear gloves to get protection from blood-borne diseases. Bleeding can be stopped by applying pressure to the pressure points — areas where the blood vessels run close to the injured surface. By applying pressure on these blood vessels, blood flow will stop further away, allowing direct pressure to arrest bleeding. Also, make sure you are pressing at a point closer to the heart, or else it might not help in arresting bleeding.
This artery may be pressed against the side of the skull just anterior to the ear to stop hemorrhage on the side of the face and around the ear.
This artery may be pressed against the lower jaw for hemorrhage around the nose, mouth, and cheek, or chin. One can feel the pulse of the facial artery in the depression about one inch anterior to the angle of the lower jaw.
The common carotid artery in the neck may be pressed back against the spinal column for bleeding in the neck and the head. Avoid prolonged compression, which can result in lack of oxygen to the brain.
This artery may be pressed against the arm bone by a push inward along the natural groove between the two large muscles of the arm. Hand, wrist, and forearm hemorrhage will be stopped by this pressing.
You may apply pressure to the radial (and ulnar) arteries located on the wrist to halt bleeding of the hand.
This artery may be pressed to avoid serious hemorrhage of the lower extremity.
You may apply pressure on the popliteal artery that lies behind the knee to halt bleeding of lower leg. If you can’t apply enough pressure, hold the leg with one hand, while with the other, make a fist and push it firmly against the back of the knee.
Posterior Tibial Artery
In order to stop bleeding of the foot, apply some pressure to the posterior tibial artery at the ankle.
Dorsalis Pedis Artery
Dorsalis pedis artery, a.k.a. anterior tibial artery is another point where pressure can be applied to the top of the foot to curb bleeding of lower foot and toes.
Never use pressure points in the neck unless it becomes absolutely necessary, as there lies a risk of pressing the windpipe and choking the injured person. Also, never apply pressure from both sides of the neck at the same time.
It is important not to leave the pressure on for too long (more than 15 minutes), as this may cause damage to tissues supplied by arteries past the pressure point. Besides, one must immediately try to get proper medical help as soon as possible.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice. Any recommendations are not intended to replace the advice of your physician or health care practitioner. You are urged to seek advice from a skilled professional regarding pressure points and its related techniques.
How to use pressure points to relieve sinus pressure?
To relieve sinus pressure, one can try acupressure themselves.
- Sit in front of a mirror to locate the pressure points on the face.
- Then, gently apply pressure on the points for at least 3 minutes. If you feel your fingers are not doing the job correctly, then you can use the eraser tip of a pencil.
- For better results, repeat this a couple of times for a few days.
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