Using Pressure Points to Relieve Headaches
After suffering from headaches behind the eyes for 10+ years now, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t just a little bit skeptical when I read about using pressure points to relieve headaches. I mean, after dozens of different medications and treatments, how could a pinch, a poke and a rub make me feel better where high dosage painkillers and powerful medications had failed?
Well, I was surprised by what I found, and I think you will be to. As you continue reading through today’s entry you’re going to learn the basics behind using pressure points to relieve headaches.
What Are Pressure Points and How Do They Work?
Before having done any research on the subject, I thought pressure points were a concept used only in ancient Chinese healing arts like acupuncture, but it turns out they actually have physiological significance.
A pressure point, otherwise known as an Acu point or Acupressure point, is a bundle of nerves that typically acts as a hub of sorts for the rest of your body. They’re also believed to assist in regulating blood circulation. When activated, a pressure point is believed to release endorphins in the brain, which is a chemical with similar properties to morphine – it just plain makes you feel gooooood.
How to Use Pressure Points to Cure Headaches
Once I learned that pressure points are indeed real, my next question was “how can I use pressure points to cure my headaches?” This is what I found… There are two primary pressure points used when alleviating headaches, and both of them are fairly easy to master on your own.
The Headache Pressure Point – Oddly enough, this pressure point is located on your hand. Here’s how you find it: pinch your thumb and finger together to make an ‘okay’ sign, and the headache acupoint is located where your hand muscle is elevated highest. If you have short fingernails, you can activate it by pinching your thumb and forefinger of your other hand over the acupoint. You should feel a dull, aching pressure; most people know when they hit it.
Go ahead, try it now, I’ll wait…
Did you find it? Good, now let’s move onto the other pressure point I’m going to teach you about!
The Tension Pressure Points – Located in your temples, these parallel pressure points are most commonly used to relieve tension headaches, which are believed to be caused by muscular contractions in your neck and scalp. By activating the pressure points in your temples you can bring much-needed relaxation to these areas and release painkilling endorphins in your brain at the same time… It’s the perfect one-two punch to knock out a tension headache!
You can activate these acupressure points on your temples by placing your middle and ring fingers about a half inch back from the edge of your eyebrow on either side of your head. From there, apply gentle pressure while making small counterclockwise circles with your fingers. Continue for approximately 1 minute, and you should feel significantly better.
When using both of the pressure points outlined in this entry, make sure that you maintain a careful and steady breathing pattern. You can’t relieve tension if you don’t let yourself relax!
I have to say, I’ve been really impressed with these pressure points. They remain one of the best natural headache treatments I’ve found over my 10 years dealing with headaches behind the eyes; there easy, quick and effective, so there’s no reason not to include them in your headache prevention routine.
In my next entry I’m going to continue along the same line of natural headache cures, because if you’re anything like me you’re probably sick of being medicated with no long-term results. I can’t help but think that natural treatments offer the best long-term solution to most types of headaches.
Check it out: How to Get Rid of Headaches Without Medication
May your headaches leave you in peace,