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Posted on: June 15, 2018 at 10:01 am
Last updated: June 22, 2018 at 2:40 pm

More often than not migraines, sinus pain, and congestion can seem to take over our entire lives. They can make it difficult to see, breathe, and be present with our friends, family, and colleagues. But we don’t always have time in our day to drop everything and book an appointment with the doctor when we feel symptoms arising. That’s why it’s so important for us to find ways to heal ourselves, wherever we are. That’s where facial acupressure comes in.

What Exactly Is Acupressure?

Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to gradually press specific points on the body in order to stimulate healing. It is the belief that all areas of our bodies are connected, and that by applying pressure to one point will heal the part of the body connected to that pressure point. This art-form was developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago and has successfully been used to treat everything from stress-related ailments to migraine relief[1].

The 12 Meridians and Chi

In Ancient Chinese Medicine, it is believed that healing energy, called Qi or Chi, is linked to all forms of life. The 12 meridians, then, are the healing energy pathways in the body. So, healing art-forms such as acupressure and massage help to guide the Chi through the meridians in order to keep our energy flowing. Pain and stress are caused by the blockage of energy on the meridian paths[1].

Chi moves through our entire body, including areas of the face, and we can help to move that energy through our body by focusing on facial acupressure.

Then What’s Facial Acupressure?

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Facial acupressure follows the same methodology listed above but focuses mainly on the pressure points and meridians of the face. Applying pressure to many of the pressure points on the face will help to relieve stress and give you freedom from migraines, headaches, and sinus pain so that you can move on with your day, pain-free.

All of these tactics are meant to be used as temporary relief and will not cure you of your symptoms long-term. These methods will work when you’re having a busy day and are unable to make it to the doctor’s office, but if your symptoms remain then you should schedule an appointment with your doctor at your convenience to find the root of the problem.

Headache and Migraine Relief Using Acupressure Points

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The following list will show you where to locate the pressure points on your face. Once they are located, apply slight pressure to the point with your finger. Apply pressure for about 1 minute before moving onto the next pressure point.

Third Eye

This point is located between the eyebrows, where the bridge of the nose meets the forehead. This area is called the “third eye”. Applying pressure to this area helps to improve concentration, relieve eye strain, headaches, and ulcer pain[2].

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Temple

In the temple region, there is a chain of points that curl around the ear (they are situated approximately one finger-width from the ear). All of these points need to be worked simultaneously to have an effect[2]. There are 5 points, so using one hand you will be able to successfully apply pressure to all of the points. See the diagram below to find out where all of the points are located.  

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By applying pressure to these points you will experience a relief in temporal headaches on the side of the head and migraines.

Acupressure Points to Relieve Sinus Pain

Inner Corner of the Eye

Sometimes called the “Bright Light”, this pressure point is located on the inner corner of the eye, just below the eyebrow. Applying pressure to this point will help to relieve sinus-related headaches, and will also help to minimize allergy symptoms. In addition to this, it will also help to improve your vision[2]. When applying pressure to this point, be mindful of your eyes, and if you are experiencing any pain than you are likely applying too much pressure, or your finger is too close to your eyeball.

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Sides of the Nostril

There are two pressure points on the side of each nostril that, when pressure is applied to them, will help to open the sinus’ and also reduce tension headaches[2]. Make sure that you have tissues ready when you put pressure on this area!

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While all of these tactics will work to relieve your symptoms in the short-term, you will need to be a detective and investigate the root cause of your migraines, headaches, and sinus pain. By finding the root of the problem you will better be able to treat the problem as a whole, not just relieve the symptoms. Speak with your doctors to find the reason behind your symptoms, and use acupressure in the meantime to diminish your painful symptoms.

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