Sinus problems can be caused by a variety of factors for all types of people. Some experience sinus problems during allergy season, others only have these problems when they have colds, and even some are afflicted by sinus problems with the subtlest of weather changes.
You don’t always have to turn to medication to treat these sinus issues though. If you know your pressure points, there are simple, quick, at-home remedies you can employ for quick relief.
These tactics follow a similar technique to that of acupuncture. By putting pressure on particular points of the body, you can promote the flow of blood and other fluids in the body – like mucus that’s currently trapped in your body.
The first technique is to press your tongue flat on the roof of your mouth while you press a finger against your forehead, just between your eyebrows. Hold both points for 20 seconds. You should be able to feel movement in your throat as the mucus buildup softens when you finally release the pressure points.
If this doesn’t work, alternate putting pressure with your tongue and your finger.
When your sinuses are causing pressure in your forehead, place the fingers of both hands at the starting points of your eyebrows, at the center of your head. Lean forward until you can rest your elbows on a table in front of you.
As soon as you feel the pressure in your head shift, move your fingers to the middle of your brows, and repeat the process until you can reach the end of your brows. To finish, either hold this position or move your fingers in tiny circles to encourage mucus to flow away from the forehead.
The third method you can employ is giving yourself a mini-massage to stimulate blood flow and improve the circulation of nutrients and oxygen through the body. Press your fingers against your collarbone and rub downward. There is a proper way of performing this: you should feel the urge to clear your throat.
If it’s uncomfortable to place pressure on your collarbone, try the same motion on the sides of your neck by crossing your arms and having your hands form a V around your neck. This will help activate your lymphatic system and ease the pressure in your sinuses.
After trying all these techniques, you should begin to feel some relief in your sinuses. If the problem is still persisting, however, perhaps now you can reach for the medicine cabinet.