Many of my clients suffer from sinus pain, which is caused by viruses, or allergies to dust, dander, mold, household and cosmetic chemicals. Further aggravation is at this time of year when we are indoors and the air is dry from how we heat our homes. While you do what you can to avoid these triggers, a few key acupressure points, along with some other helpful tips, can ease the pain when it occurs.
Acupressure Points for Sinus Pain
Apply firm pressure and hold each for 3 - 4 minutes with fingers at a 90 degree angle in relation to the face or head;
1. each side of the nostrils
2. the indentation at the inner eye next to where the bridge of the nose meets the eyebrows.
3. the area below the center of the nose above the lip
4. Apply firm pressure at the center of the back of the head in the large hollow right under the base of the skull.
Other helpful tips
1. Use an ice pack (or make one wrapping an ice cube in a damp washcloth) and apply to painful areas and the acupressure points listed above.
2. Try a neti pot, sold in drug stores or online. It irrigates the tissues.
3. Drink adequate water throughout your day. Generally, I aim for half my body weight in ounces.
4. Steam - boil water in a pot, turn off the flame, add some rosemary leaves or a few drops of organic eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil. Then put a towel over your head, and put your face over the pot to breathe in the steam for several minutes. Do not get too close to the water, as you want to avoid burns or feeling suffocated.
5. Essential oil inhalations - besides the steam method listed above, I always found it helpful to set up a crock pot in a place I spend a few hours, adding a few drops of the organic essential oils (eucalyptus, tea tree, or rosemary). It works best in a smaller room. Mine is in my bedroom or office. The essential oil permeates the air, allowing you to breathe it in and receive the benefits over several hours, helping the sinus passages clear.
6. See your doctor for pain that lasts more than 5 days and/or you have green or yellow thick mucus, as this may be a sign of infection.
Clients enjoy the Sinus Relief Massage that I offer because it features techniques that soothe sinus pain, and it feels great. This massage can be done as part of your full body massage, or the whole hour can be spent on the face, neck and head, or as a 15 minute add-on to any massage or facial. Appointments can be booked online by clicking here or by calling me at 917. 596. 9535.
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