Often times when we get a headache we reach for the nearest pill to take away the pain and discomfort. Whether it be Aspirin or Ibuprofen, pills don’t always have to be the answer. The science and technique behind acupressure can do wonders for headache relief.
Acupressure is a kind of massage, the effectiveness of which is confirmed by numerous scientific studies. Acupressure is a form of acupuncture and reflexotherapy, but it doesn’t require special medical knowledge.
How to massage acupressure points
Get into a comfortable position and relax. The massage does not take a lot of time to perform: Roughly 30 seconds to one minute on average.
Massage the pressure point by light pressing or using circular movements with your fingers. Headache symptoms will be relieved during the massage, but can take up to 15 minutes to fully disappear.
There are six main pressure points that are massaged in order to get rid of a headache.
1. Yintang Point
The point of the third eye, or Yintang, is situated between the eyebrows in the place where the bridge of the nose passes into the forehead. This point can also reduce eye fatigue.
2. Zan Zhu Points
These symmetrical points are located at the base of the inner edge of the eyebrows. Massaging this area also relieves a runny nose and improves visual acuity. Massage for 1-minute by pressing or making circular movements with your fingers.
3. Yingxiang Points
These points are located on both sides of the nostrils in line with the eyes. To find them, simply feel for the dimple at the bottom of your cheekbones. This pressure point also helps to open sinus passages, reduce toothache pain and relieve stress.
4. Tian Zhu Points
The points are located in the back of the head right in the middle of your neck. The two pressure points are right at the base of your head, as shown below. Massaging these points helps to relieve nasal congestion, pain in the eyes, ears and severe headache pain.
5. Shuai Gu Points
The Shuai gu points are situated 2-3 cm from the beginning of the hairline in the temple area. Feel around for a tiny dimple just above your ears that’s it! Pressure applied to this area relieves pain in the temporal region and will reduce eye fatigue symptoms too!
6. He Gu Points
These symmetrical points are located on the back of the hand between the thumb and forefinger. Pressure applied to this area also relieves back pain, toothache pain and tension in neck muscles.