Blocked sinuses are a common health issue affecting people of all ages. There are many contributors to this ailment including allergies, colds, and even changes in the weather. And while most people resort to medicines to treat this health problem, there are other ways to relieve the pressure caused by blocked sinuses. In fact, these drug-free methods are based on physics rather than chemistry and they are equally, if not more effective in relieving a stuffy nose, a stuffy head, and stuffy ears. Read on and find out how touching one pressure point can give you instant relief.
#1: Use Your Tongue & Press Between Eyebrows
The whole idea is based on reducing or eliminating extra mucus, which is the main cause for blocked sinuses. This can effectively be treated with acupressure. You can apply pressure on specific points on your body to stimulate the flow of fluid and clear your nose of mucus. This will help you breathe more easily.
The method for relieving blocked sinuses includes pushing the tongue flat against the roof of the mouth, while simultaneously pressing a finger against the skin between the eyebrows. You should hold pressure against these points for 20 seconds. You’ll start to feel movement towards the back of your throat as the buildup softens once you release your tongue and finger.
Otherwise, you can alternate between pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth and pressing between your eyebrows.
#2: Apply Pressure Across Your Eyebrows
When your forehead sinuses get blocked, you need a different pressure point to clear both the nose and the upper sinuses.
According to massage therapist Amber Lynn Vitale, you can stimulate mucus movement by applying pressure across your eyebrows.
Begin by putting your fingers at the starting point of each eyebrow, near the central point between the two. Then lean forward your head resting on your elbows. When you feel the pressure shift after a few seconds, slide your fingers to the middle of each eyebrow.
Hold like that until you feel a slight relief once again. Continue by moving your fingers to the end of each brow. Now, you can either hold a steady pressure or move your fingertips in tiny circles to promote the flow of mucus away from the forehead. You’ll feel the pressure in the center of your head go away once fluid starts flowing.
#3: Take a Second for a Mini-Massage
The health benefits of massages are indisputable. A massage can stimulate blood flow all over your body, thus improving circulation as well as nutrient and oxygen supply to all body tissues. If you consider this, then you’d know that a mini-massage can also be beneficial when you feel sinus pressure building in your head. In the words of massage therapist Heather Wibbels, a few quick rubs can help you reduce fluid from your head.
Push firmly against the notch of your collarbone repeatedly using your fingertips to get the fluid moving downwards. To be sure that the process is working, you should feel like clearing your throat. Also, when the pressure decreases, your ears may suddenly open up.
If you find this uncomfortable, you can try a different method. Crossing your hands make a V shape and use the same pumping motion on the sides of your neck to get the lymph fluid moving. Both this action and the fingertip pulses create suction in the lymphatic system, thus draining the fluid built up in your sinuses downward and away from the head.
#4 Keep Your Sinuses Moving!
As you will see once you try these acupressure methods, sinuses can be unblocked easily and effectively without the use medicines. Applying a little pressure on the right points, and even using your tongue can help you drain the fluid that blocks your sinuses and relieve you of the discomforts this condition causes.