There are many reasons why one might get sinus pain, pressure, and congestion, and often these causes take the form of irritants such as pet dander, perfume, seasonal allergies, dust, air pollution, and illnesses such as colds or the flu.
In some cases, medication can and will alleviate the pain and pressure, including sinus pressure from the back of the head. But if that doesn’t work, then it’s a good idea to know how to apply pressure to certain acupressure points on the face might to deliver the relief needed.
Sinus Pressure Points for Sinus Relief
Below are a number of sinus trigger points to help alleviate the discomfort from sinus pressure; some will even help mucus drain. A sinus pressure points diagram is included above (feature image) to assist you in finding the location accurately on your face:
1. Between the Eyes
The first pressure point is located between the eyes and above the bridge of the nose. With a finger, press on this point for two minutes. It will help drain mucus, and will alleviate pressure from a cold. This is a sinus drainage pressure point.
2. On Either Side of the Nostrils
Use your fingers to apply gentle pressure to both sides of your nostrils. Your fingers should be at right angles to these points. Keep pressing for a minute to allow the sinuses to drain out; this can help prevent inflammation and bring some sinus pressure relief. This pressure point is also good for pain behind the cheeks and helps prevent respiratory illnesses.
3. Bridge of the Nose
Find the spot just under the corners of your eyes and at the start of your nose. Using your two index fingers, apply pressure in and then up, for up to five minutes. This is where the pain associated with the sinuses is usually found, and you will feel some relief from the pressure behind your eyes. A sinus massage here is ideal as well. Place your fingers and gently rub in a circular motion for a few minutes.
4. Under the Cheeks
Located almost directly beneath the pupil, this point can be found by placing your finger on your cheekbones and feeling for the bone. The point will likely be quite tender when pressing in and upwards against the cheek, and often leads to a release of pressure from the sinuses as well at the Eustachian tubes. It’s a good point to massage if there is pain or pressure in the maxillary sinuses or around the cheeks, or inside the mouth if you’re suffering from a toothache.
5. The Philtrum
This sinus reflexology point is located directly under the nose, where the groove in the middle of your lip is, to be precise. Press in and then up to get this pressure point stimulated for maximum effect. This will allow the sinuses to drain extra mucus.
Treat this pressure point by locating the ridge of your eyebrows, and then tracing it with your thumb. Apply pressure, starting from the inner ridge and then moving outwards to each side. Do this same motion for about two minutes. After this time you will feel relief from the pain and pressure.
Other Natural Ways to Get Rid of a Sinus Infection
Below are some other options to show you how to relieve sinus pain without doing facial reflexology.
- Use a humidifier: Moist air keeps the sinuses lubricated so they don’t become irritated.
- Use a saline spray: Saline nasal sprays are good for lubricating the lining of the nasal passage. A hot shower will also help to get moisture into the sinuses.
- Keep hydrated: Staying hydrated is important, especially by drinking hot beverages. Ginger tea with lemon has anti-inflammatory properties and will help boost your immune system, and it also provides your body with vitamins and nutrients to help fight off the infection causing pressure and pain.
- Warm compresses: Placing a warm compress (which can be done at home with a face cloth and warm water) on your face while lying down will help reduce sinus pressure.
- Elevate your head at night: Propping yourself up with a few pillows will allow the mucus to drain better.
- Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus is an anti-inflammatory herb, so drinking tea or inhaling steam with eucalyptus oil in it can clear out the nasal passages.
Preventing Sinus Infection
It might be difficult to prevent a sinus infection itself, because it’s a side effect of being sick from a cold or the flu, but below are some tips that could possibly reduce the intensity or duration.
- Use a neti pot to keep your nasal passages cleansed.
- Keep nasal secretions thinned out by drinking lots of water.
- Avoid air travel if possible. Not only is the air incredibly dry, but it’s full of recirculating germs.
- If you suffer from allergies, then avoid the places where they live, whether it’s pet dander or being outside in spring when pollen is at its highest.
- Practice good hand washing habits, to help prevent the transmission of colds and flus in the first place.