Headaches are among the most common medical conditions worldwide. Because there are so many potential causes, finding the right remedy can often be a tricky and even elusive undertaking.
Fortunately, in many cases, two aspirin, a glass of water, and a good night’s sleep will do the trick. If this doesn’t provide any relief, one very effective yet often overlooked method is the humble massage. For most types of headaches, migraines included, there is a face or head massage that can quell the throbbing inside your head.
Massages are more than a feel-good relaxation tool. They can ease release pressure and relieve tension in key areas, which is often effective for people with chronic headaches. A massage session is highly individualized, so you (if engaging is self-massage) or your therapist can change technique depending on your personal needs.
We’ve assembled a list of several head and face massages that can alleviate your next headache flare up. As always, consult a health care provider before beginning any new treatments.
For migraines or tension headaches
This three-part massage is perfect to alleviate any headache that results from tension or stress.
First, lightly press your thumbs, pointing downward, against either side of the bridge of your nose and hold firmly for 15 seconds. Second, place your index and middle fingers against the back of your neck where the top of your spine meets the base of your skull. Pressing lightly and trace small circles with your fingers for 30 seconds, moving your head from side to side. Third, place your index, middle, and ring fingers against each temple and, once again, draw circles with light pressure for 30 seconds.
For stuffy noses
Sinus massages can activate sinus cavity drainage, easing the congestion and pressure that cause this type of headache. Place your index and middle fingers in the space under your eyes, resting on either side of your nose. Massage for 30 seconds and repeat as necessary.
For allergy headaches
Place your fingers beneath each eyebrow at the bottom of the brow bone. Press in toward the bridge of your nose, slowly increasing pressure and leaning your head into your fingers. If you feel pain, you are most likely pressing too hard or too close to your eye sockets.
For pressure points
For several millennia, Eastern medicinal practitioners manipulated pressure points to release tension and promote blood flow. Acupressure is still useful today and can be very effective in treating headaches.
The following three pressure point massages are the best for headache relief.
Grab ahold of the webbed area between the base of your thumb and your index finger and hold for 10 seconds. Then, for another 10 seconds, massage the area in both directions. This is known as the hegu pressure point, and massaging this point may be particularly helpful for migraine relief.
The Third Eye is a common name for the pressure point between your eyebrows. Stimulate this area by applying firm pressure and gently massaging in a circular motion.
Massaging the pressure points behind the ears treats headaches that originate from the jaw, such as those caused by disorders in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the hinge between the jawbone and the skull. Known as SJ-17, find this pressure point in the sensitive area behind your earlobe and gently massage for 10 seconds.
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