Ditch the Headaches, Try Acupressure!

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Headaches are a common issue. Like, really common. The World Health Organization says up to 1 in 20 adults experience frequent headaches (or a headache a day) and at least 1 in 7 adults in the world get migraines regularly.

Neither headaches nor migraines are fun. Not only are they painful, they can be distracting and affect productivity and sometimes even our ability to just get through the day.

When you get a headache, it can be easy to pop a couple ibuprofen and try to get back to your day. But if you get chronic headaches and you’re taking painkillers every day, you could be wreaking serious havoc on your liver, stomach lining, and kidneys, as well as dealing with a slew of other side effects.

While you should definitely consult your doc before making any drastic changes to your medicinal habits, we’ve got an alternative to those painkillers that you might want to try: acupressure.

Acupressure is a form of massage that uses aspects of Reflexology to help heal the body and promote overall wellness. It uses pressure points to ease excess muscle tension and vascular imbalance, which are the cause of a majority of the pains and irritations above the neck. And unlike painkillers, acupressure treats the external problems and works to heal the ailment from within so that you get over it completely.

One of the great things about acupressure is that you can use HealingRadius to find a certified acupressure therapist near you for your treatment, or you can do it yourself when you feel a headache or a migraine coming on!

For headaches, there are five regions of the body to focus your acupressure on for relief:

 

The Forehead

  • Third Eye Point: Apply pressure on the point of your forehead where your eyebrows meet the bridge of your nose for about a minute to relieve eye strain, headaches, and ulcer pains.
  • Bright Light: This point is on either side of your nose, just below your eyebrows at the inner corners of your eyes. Apply pressure here for one minute to relieve sinus headaches, allergy symptoms, and to improve vision.

The Temple/Face

  • Over the Ear: Around your temple, there is a chain of points that curl around the year.  Beginning at the front of the top of the ear and coming around behind it, they are (1) Hairline Curve, (2) Valley Lead, (3) Celestial Hub, (4) Floating White, and (5) Head Portal Yin. Apply pressure steadily along 1-5 to relieve temporal headaches and migraines.
  • Welcome Fragrance: Located on the face on the outside of each nostril, applying pressure on these points helps open sinuses and reduce tension headaches.

The Neck

  • Wind Pool: These are two points on the back of the neck, halfway between the ear and the spine, between the two muscles that come together there. Apply pressure here to unblock nasal congestion and relieve headaches, migraines, and eye, ear, and throat pain.
  • Shoulder Well: Apply pressure to the point halfway between the end of your shoulder and the base of your neck to help reduce stiffness in the neck and shoulders and relieve neck pain.
  • Heaven’s Pillar: These points are two fingers below the base of the skull on the muscles on either side of the spine. Apply pressure here to relieve aches at the back of the head, neck pain and stiffness, eyestrain, stress, and insomnia.

The Hands

  • Union Valley: The point in the web between your thumb and index finger can help relieve back pain, frontal headaches, toothaches, and releases tension from the neck and head when pressure is applied to it.

The Feet

  • Moving Between: When you apply pressure to the valley between the big and second toes, you can relieve headaches, eye fatigue, arthritis, and foot cramps.

 

 

So these are a few acupressure techniques to try when you feel a headache or a migraine coming on. And don’t forget you can look up an acupressure therapist near you on HealingRadius who can help you get to the root of your headaches and maybe overcome them altogether!

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