The ancient practice of using the fingers to apply pressure to key points on the body to relieve pain and enhance wellness is often referred to as acupressure. It has been used for centuries in Asian medicine and martial arts.
There are more than 300 points in the human body that lie along energy pathways, known as meridians. The nervous system sends electrical impulses throughout the body. Every bodily function including the healing process is controlled by the brain and nerve system. While martial arts strikes known pressure points in combat, we can use pressure points as a natural way to combat pain and the discomfort of sinus pressure by applying gentle, yet firm pressure to specific areas of our face.
Minor sinus problems with one or more symptoms, may include: nasal congestion, facial tenderness or puffiness, post nasal drip, sore throat, temporary loss of smell and taste, sneezing, or sinusitis, which is an infection and inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages. Sinus infections can also be accompanied by a headache or fever. Chronic sinus symptoms may be the result of food or environmental allergies, or another illness, and should be evaluated by a doctor.
Acupressure is a natural therapy that can safely be used in conjunction with other treatments that your doctor recommends. Doctors of chiropractic perform natural therapies similar to acupressure for sinus problems. Be sure to tell your chiropractor when you are experiencing sinus congestion. Some chiropractors employ a focused cranial adjustment, trigger-point therapy or they may use an Activator instrument as a mechanical percussion on the sinuses to help the sinuses drain.
Taking a look at our paranasal sinuses
The sinuses we are most familiar with are those located in the face. The paranasal sinuses are eight hollow pockets of air that begin at the nostrils and lead to passages and cavities within the face.
There are four pairs of paranasal sinuses:
Sinuses not only help us breathe, but they humidify the air as we breathe it in. Like a filter, it removes excess dust, pollen, and other particles that enter the nose. It actively helps prevent respiratory illnesses. Sinuses also help our voice resonate well so we can effectively communicate with others.
Acupressure is a natural therapy you can easily perform to help ease the discomfort of a sinus condition.
7 Facial Sinus Pressure Points
As you apply pressure to the pressure points on your face, as instructed below, feel for tender spots. These are the areas that will benefit the most from acupressure. Pressure can be held on the pressure point for 30 seconds to one minute. Acupressure on any of these facial pressure points helps release sinus pressure, relieve pain and promote drainage of excess fluid within your sinus cavities.
(Each of the following facial sinus pressure points is illustrated at the top of this article.)
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Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living. She is author of the books, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats: 55 Fresh from the Blender Recipes, and Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success, and a longtime lifestyle writer for the Farmers' Almanac.
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