Everyone has had a headache at some point in their life, but not everyone suffers from chronic headaches like migraines or cluster headaches. For those who do suffer from these debilitating headaches, the search for relief is a constant quest. Headaches can occur without warning, and the pain can be severe, requiring the sufferer to retreat to a dark room and sleep, as in the case of migraine headaches.
Acupressure Treatment for Chronic Daily Headaches
If you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines and have tried other therapies without success, it might be time to try something different. Although an alternative therapy, acupressure uses pressure points along the body to relieve pain and can help alleviate some pain for many headache sufferers. Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine that is believed to work by balancing the body’s energy flow.
Pressure Points for Headaches
There are many pressure points throughout the body that are beneficial for a variety of ailments, some of which are better for headaches than others.
Union Valley Pressure Point
The fatty tissue between the thumb and index finger is the location of the Union Valley pressure point. Pressing on this area with the thumb and index finger of the opposite hand can help alleviate headache pain. This pressure point can also help with other pain including toothaches, neck pain, and arthritis.
It should be noted that pregnant women should avoid this pressure point because it is thought to induce contractions.
The Third Eye Pressure Point
The midpoint between the eyebrows is the third eye pressure point and is well-known for its ability to help alleviate headache pain. It can also help alleviate tension in your head, face, and eyes. To activate this spot, simply press the area with your finger and apply pressure, holding it for several minutes. Doing this several times a week can help alleviate chronic headache pain as well as sinus problems.
Bright Light Pressure Point
Just below the third eye on either side of the bridge of the nose, below the tip of each eyebrow, is the bright light pressure point. Also beneficial for those with sinus congestion, the bright light pressure point relieves tension. Simply hold the spot with your finger for about one minute and release.
Welcome Fragrance Pressure Point
Another spot that is good for both sinus congestion and headaches, the welcome fragrance pressure point is easy to remember. It’s just to the side of each nostril, hence the name. Apply pressure to these points for up to one minute and release. Repeat several times a week or whenever you have a headache.
Neck Pressure Points
The neck pressure points are located on the back of the neck, halfway down between the ear and the shoulders. These pressure points are most effective in people with headaches that are caused by neck problems or neck pain. Putting pressure on these spots for several minutes can help alleviate tension in the neck and shoulders.
The heaven’s pillar pressure points are located about half an inch below the previous point and are also beneficial for alleviating both neck and headache pain. To activate this point, tilt your head back and rub the points in a circular motion for several minutes.
Feet Pressure Points
The feet are the last place you may think of to alleviate headache pain, but the feet have several pressure points that can help alleviate tension. However, just on top of the foot in between the big toe and second toe is a spot about half an inch down that can help alleviate headaches when pressure is applied. To activate this pressure point, massage the area and then apply pressure to the point for five minutes at a time.
Another point on the feet that can help relieve headaches is located in the gap between the fourth and fifth toe. Putting pressure on this spot for a few minutes can help alleviate tension and stress.
Tips for Acupressure
If you are pregnant, have heart problems, or heart disease, you should avoid acupressure. You should also wait to perform acupressure for at least 20 minutes after exercising, eating a large meal, or taking a bath or shower.
Severe migraines should be evaluated at a migraine clinic with a headache specialist before attempting acupressure. In fact, if you have any of the following types of headaches, you should not perform acupressure:
- A severe headache with sudden onset
- A headache associated with nausea and vomiting, fever, dizziness, or diarrhea
- A headache that causes blurred vision or other visual disturbances
If you suffer from headaches like these, a headache treatment clinic can help you get the relief you need. The National Headache Institute offers state-of-the-art treatment using cutting-edge technology like stem cell treatment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations.
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