No one is immune to the occasional headache, for many, chronic headaches or migraines are unfortunately a lifetime ailment. Key West Wellness Center provides multiple services to assist you with preventing headaches and with alleviating the pain during an attack. You are welcome to contact our office to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
Headaches and migraines can strike at any time and since we are not with you 24/7, we want to share some tips on how to apply pressure to five top pressure points in hopes to relieve head pain, these are great techniques to use in between your Key West Wellness Center appointments.
Experiencing the pain and discomfort of a headache is incredibly common. If you’re looking for a more natural way to treat your headache, you may want to think about acupressure and pressure points.
Pressure points are parts of the body believed to be extra sensitive, able to stimulate relief in the body. Practitioners of reflexology, a discipline of Chinese medicine, believe that touching pressure points in a certain way can, improve your health, ease pain and restore balance in the body.
Reflexology is the study of how one part of the human body is connected to another. This means you might have to massage a different location — like your hand — to treat a different area, like your head. You’ll reach for the right pressure points to ease your pain.
How to use pressure points to relieve headaches
There are some well-known pressure points in the body believed to relieve headaches. Here’s where they are and how you can use them:
Union valley points are located on the web between your thumb and index finger. To treat headaches:
- Start by pinching this area with the thumb and index finger of your opposite hand firmly — but not painfully — for 10 seconds.
- Next, make small circles with your thumb on this area in one direction and then the other, for 10 seconds each.
- Repeat this process on the Union Valley point on your opposite hand.
This type of pressure point treatment is believed to relieve tension in the head and neck. Tension is often associated with headaches.
Drilling bamboo points are located at the indentations on either side of the spot where the bridge of your nose meets the ridge of your eyebrows. To use these pressure points to treat headaches:
- Use both of your index fingers to apply firm pressure to both points at once.
- Hold for 10 seconds.
- Release and repeat.
Touching these pressure points can relieve headaches that are caused by eyestrain and sinus pain or pressure.
Gates of consciousness points are located at the base of the skull in the parallel hollow areas between the two vertical neck muscles. To use these pressure points:
- Place your index and middle fingers of either hand onto these pressure points.
- Press firmly upward on both sides at once for 10 seconds, then release and repeat.
Applying firm touch to these pressure points can help relieve headaches caused by tension in the neck.
Third eye point can be found between your two eyebrows where the bridge of your nose meets your forehead.
- Use the index finger of one hand to apply firm pressure to this area for 1 minute.
Firm pressure applied to the third eye pressure point is thought to relieve eyestrain and sinus pressure that often cause headaches.
Shoulder well point is located at the edge of your shoulder, halfway between your shoulder point and the base of your neck. To use this pressure point:
- Use the thumb of one hand to apply firm, circular pressure to this point for 1 minute.
- Then switch and repeat on the opposite side.
Applying firm touch to the shoulder well pressure point can help relieve stiffness in your neck and shoulders, relieving neck pain and preventing headaches caused by this kind of sensation.
Other natural ways to alleviate a headache
Dehydration can contribute to your sinus passages drying out and increased pressure in your face. Increase your water intake throughout the day if you’re feeling under the weather. Fluids will reduce blockages in your sinuses.
While water may be your first choice to remain hydrated, you can also retain fluids through other foods and beverages including, broth soups, ice cubes, tea or water-based vegetables and fruits
Exercise can reduce sinus pressure. Physical activity can increase blood circulation and temporarily relieve congestion to ease breathing. Although uncomfortable to perform while being sick, physical activity can help to improve your recovery time and speed healing.
We provide services to treat and prevent headaches. Contact our office to learn more.
Dr. Ashley Hoyt, A.P.
3420 Duck Ave, Key West, FL 33040
Acupuncture, Acupressure, Reflexology, Bio-Injections, Vitamin Injections, Herbal Medicine, AcuGraph Diagnostics, Energy Healing, Raindrop Therapy Massage, Massage Therapy, NeuroMuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release