Thanks to muscle tension and/or vascular imbalance, a sharp, throbbing or dull pain in the form of a headache or migraine can ruin anyone’s day. In fact, a bad migraine can ruin not one but several days in a row!
Headaches can be caused by stress, tension, sleep disorders, emotional problems and even atmospheric pressure.
Migraines are more complex, and although they can be caused by the same things, they’re usually more serious.
Whatever the cause, once the pain begins, it’s too late to prevent it. Luckily, it’s possible to relieve it through acupressure.
Acupressure for Headaches
In acupressure, you stimulate the points on your body in order to clear the blocked meridians. This helps energy flow freely throughout the body, leading to pain cessation and a feeling of calmness.
To start, sit in a chair, lie in the bed or place yourself wherever you feel comfortable and relaxed. Massages should be done gently, with circular motions.
- Yintang Point
Right between your eyebrows lies the Third Eye Point. Massage it gently for no more than minute to relieve headache pain.
- Punto Zan Zhu Points
These two points are located in the inner corner of your eyes, just below the eyebrows. By massaging these areas, you can improve your vision, decongest your sinuses and relieve the pressure.
- Ying Xiang Points
These points can be found next to your nostrils, below your cheekbones. By applying pressure to these areas, you can relieve the pain caused by a headache and migraine, as well as a toothache.
- Shuai Gu Points
These points can be found about 3 centimeters from your hairline, starting from the top of your ears. Massage the points gently and you’ll relieve a headache and migraine pain as well as eye fatigue.
- Punto He Gu Point
This point is located at the back of your hand, right in the web between your thumb and index finger. By applying acupressure to this point, you can relieve back pain, neck pain and head pain.