Headaches can strike anywhere at any time for a lot of people. And it’s not all of the time that we’re going to have some pain relievers or pills handy to actually relieve those headaches. That’s where knowledge of the human anatomy actually steps in. You aren’t going to be hopeless just because you don’t have the drugs that you need to get rid of your headache. There is actually a very effective way of getting rid of your headaches – and it’s all backed by science too. This is called acupressure.
And if you’re not all too familiar with acupressure just yet, don’t you worry. You don’t need a degree in human anatomy for you to understand how it works. There are certain pressure points that you just need to take note of in order for you to help relieve your headaches. Seems to good to be true? Try it for yourself and see how effective it can really be.
Acupressure is actually a form of massage and its effectiveness has already been proven by a number of scientific studies and researches. It is much like a hybrid of acupuncture and reflexotherapy but it’s so simple that you don’t really need formal medical education to be able to pull it off.
How do you attack your pressure points?
First of all, it’s important for you to place yourself in as stress-free of an environment as possible. The fewer stimulants, the better. Assume a comfortable position for your body and just relax. Focus on your breathing and regulate your breaths to lower your heart rate. Approach the pressure points on your head with your fingers and gently rub on these points for around 30-60 seconds at a time. The pressure at which you rub all depends on your level of tolerance. Perform light touches or circular rubbing motions on these points and you will notice that your headache disappears after around 5-10 minutes of massaging.
What are the pressure points that you should be attacking?
1. Yintang Point
The first pressure point that you should be massaging is the Yintang point. This is also popularly known as the body’s third eye. This point is located right between the eyebrows and just above the beginning of the nose bridge. You can also choose to target this specific point if you are trying to relieve eye fatigue or soreness.
2. Zan Zhu Points
The Zan Zhu points are two separate points that can be found on symmetrically opposing areas of the face. You are going to be able to find these points on the inner edges of both your eyebrows. They should be aligned with the tips of your nostrils as well. You can attack this point by rubbing the area in circular motions or by continuously pressing on it lightly.
3. Yingxiang Points
The Yingxiang points are also two separate points that are best attacked at the same time. You are going to be able to find these points at the sides of your nostrils under the same line as your eyes. If you want to find them, all you have to do is feel the dimple right at the bottom of your cheekbones. If you target these areas, it can really help relieve your headaches. But aside from that, it can also help relieve stress and complications brought about by sinuses. It has also been proven to help relieve toothaches.
4. Tian Zhu Points
You’re going to have to go to the backward parts of you’re your head if you want to target your Tian Zhu points. To look for where these points are specifically, you need to go to the middle parts of the back portion of your neck. It’s in the middle part of the area between your ears and it should align perfectly with the top of your spine. If you massage these points, you are helping to ease nasal congestion, eye and ear pain, headaches, and migraines.
5. Shuai Gu Points
In order for you to find the Shuai Gu points, you need to go around 2-3 cm from the beginning of your hairline just around the temple area of your head. You are going to find a small dimple around there and you have to stay focused on that point as you perform your circular motions. Use this point to relieve any pain within the eyes and temporal region.
6. He Gu Points
These points are not found on the face. In fact, they’re far from it. You can find these points at the back of the hand between the thumb and forefinger area. If you apply pressure to this trigger point, you can relieve toothaches and tension within the neck region.