Sinus headache can only be a symptom of a sinus congestion that is caused by a sinus infection or sinusitis, allergies, and other medical disorders. There are several different ways on how to get rid of sinus headache or even just decreasing the sinus headache. Sinus headache will not appear on one specific area all the time. As to where a sinus headache will occur, it will greatly depend on the exact sinus or sinuses are congested and/or infected. Sinusitis is one of the most common causes of sinus headache, since sinusitis is characterized with an inflammation and congestion of the sinus.
What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a type of alternative medicine wherein gentle stretches, massage techniques, and pressure by the finger and the palm will be applied. Although there are no scientific evidences of shiatsu in relieving various medical disorders, but there are still a lot of people who find shiatsu to be relaxing, which can help in relieving stress, muscle pain, depression, anxiety, and even sinus headache.
Shiatsu and Sinus Headache
It is believed that applying pressure to the energy pathways or meridians through shiatsu can help in opening blocked nasal passages and can help in relieving discomfort of sinusitis, such as sinus headache. Here are some easy steps on how to use or perform shiatsu to help in relieving sinus headache.
- At the bony ridge area of your nose (the area between the eyebrows), use the pads of your index fingers to apply gentle pressure to help in relieving sinus headache and even eye pain and other discomforts associated with increased sinus pressure caused by sinus inflammation and congestion.
- To relieve frontal sinus headache, applying gentle pressure to the back of your hand at the middle of your index finger and thumb. That area is believed to be the meridian or the energy pathway to treat frontal sinus discomfort.
- Pain behind the eyes and nasal congestion can be relieved by applying gentle pressure at the point just below the cheekbone and level with the eye’s pupil when looking straight. Aside from eye pain and nasal congestion, this shiatsu technique can also be effective in getting rid of eye fatigue.
- Applying gentle pressure for 5 to 7 breaths at the outer borders of the nose, the area wherein the nasal skin meets with the face can help in relieving inflammation and clearing nasal congestion.