Stuffy nose is a very uncomfortable condition and once it starts, it feels like it will never end. There are several factor that cause blocked sinuses such as colds, allergies and even changes in weather. Most commonly people turn to conventional medicine, but luckily, it is not the only option. If you are dealing with a stuffy head, stuffy ears or stuffy nose, instead of using medicine, you can relieve the pressure just by touching a pressure point.
Trick #1: Use Your Tongue & Press Between Eyebrows
When we have a cold or an allergy, we need to move the fluid out of the head, so we turn to nose-clearing and allergy pills. Instead of taking pills, people should try to stimulate the pressure point that will help us get rid of the mucus.
Reddit user gymfork points out that this is exactly where acupressure comes in. One of the best points for sinus problems is located in our mouth, so we can stimulate the flow of fluid and get out our noses breathing clearly just by applying some pressure on that point.
As Gymfork suggests, in order to stimulate this particular pressure point, you need to push the tongue flat against the roof of the mouth, while simultaneously pushing a finger against the skin between the eyebrows. Make sure to hold pressure against these points for 20 seconds and you will start feeling relief from your symptoms very soon. Once you release your tongue and soften your finger, you’ll start to feel movement towards the back of the throat as the buildup softens.
According to Dr. Joseph M. Helms, president of Helms Medical Institute and author of Acupuncture Energetics: A Clinical Approach for Physicians, the point between your eyebrows is called the Yintang acupoint where the nasion is located.
Trick #2: Apply Pressure Across Your Eyebrows
Beside the Yintang acupoint, there is another pressure point which is good in the case if you feel your stuffed sinuses start climbing up into the higher reaches of your head, just apply pressure and it will clear both the nose and the upper sinuses.
Amber Lynn Vitale is a massage therapist who explains that by moving across the eyebrows, you can encourage the movement of “stuck” fluid.
You just have to place your fingers at the beginning of each eyebrow close to the center they don’t meet and lean forward so that your head rest on your elbows. Once you feel the pressure shift, you should slide your fingers to the middle of each eyebrow.
You should hold the pressure until you feel a slight lightness and then move your fingers to the end of each brow. Vitale advices to either hold a steady pressure or move your fingertips in tiny circles to stimulate the flow of fluid away from the forehead. You will feel the pressure in the center of your head disperse once things get flowing.
Trick #3: Take a Second for a Mini-Massage
Heather Wibbles is another massage therapist who is able to pull fluid from the head with a few quick rubs.
Using your fingertips, push firmly against the notch of your collarbone repeatedly to get the fluid moving downwards. Wibbels explains that once you feel a need to clear your throat and your ears get suddenly open when the pressure releases, it means that the process is working.
Wibbels suggests yet another method if this one is uncomfortable for you. Make a V shape by crossing your hands and use the same pumping motion on the sides of your neck in order to get the lymph fluid release. Both this action and the fingertip pulses create suction in the lymphatic system, which vacuums the fluid residing in your sinuses downward and away from the head.
Keep Your Sinuses Moving!
If you are dealing with stuffed and blocked sinuses, not matter the reason, do not turn to medications right away, instead apply a little pressure on the right points of your body and you can get rid of the problem in no time.