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3 Pressure Points for Headache Management

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Stop Headaches Before They Stop You

Being a small business owner, a parent, awake…comes with stress. Add the fact that women are 3 times as likely as men to have migraines and it becomes clear a strategy is needed to bridge the gap. The power is in your hands.

While professional Massage can most certainly provide relaxation and alleviate the tension that can cause headaches, so can using pressure points.  Here are 3 that are easy to reach.

  1.  Just Under Your EyebrowsThis area below the inside tips of your eyebrows and above the bridge of your nose helps to clear sinus pressure, stress, and tension around the eye area. (1)
  2. Third Eye
    This spot may be the Queen Bee of headache relief. Press on this spot a few times each week to help relieve the facial tension that causes headaches. (2) Remember to breathe deeply and self oxygenate as you press!
  3. Between Your Thumb and Index Finger*Also called the Hoku Point, this spot is soothing and helps to alleviate joint and muscle pain throughout the body. Holding this point can also help to move grief. (3) Press with right thumb and index finger at the junction of your left thumb and index finger. Hold for 5 and switch.

*Do NOT use this point if you are pregnant.
Try this spot behind your head as an alternative: From a seated position, clasp your hands together and flip them over your head to cradle your neck. Feel the ridge at the back of the head and neck where the muscles attach to your skull. You can massage the points along this area for pressure and tension relief. (4)

When using pressure points, apply pressure firmly and steady for about 5 seconds each. Remember to breathe, drink extra water, and continue to develop a daily relaxation routine. It’s a beautiful summer, remember to take your vacation days. We support you in your efforts to stay steady and headache free and believe that prevention is better than cure!

Roll your shoulders back and take some deep breaths. Self care is its own reward!

Resources
(1) http://www.naturalblaze.com/2013/05/6-ways-to-relieve-headaches-with.html

(2) http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/pain-articles/headache-pressure-points/

(3) http://www.the-energy-healing-site.com/hoku-point.html

(4)https://exploreim.ucla.edu/self-care/acupressure-point-gb20/