Headache and Migrane Relief with Acupressure Therapy
Headache means pain in the head or upper neck. It is one of the most common locations of pain in the body. It can be a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head and neck. Headaches that occur often may be a sign of an underlying health problem. Symptoms will vary depending upon the type of headache and the cause. A severe kind of headache is called migraine. This article covers causes of headache and migraine, while offering acupressure therapy for relief and cure of these health conditions. Acupressure therapy is beneficial for the treatment of many kind of headaches and migraines as the purpose of therapy is to get cure from the main cause.
Headache experts estimate about 90 percent of all headaches are tension headaches and 6 percent are migraines. Tension headaches, as the name implies, are caused by muscular tension. Migraines result from a disturbance in the blood circulation to the brain. Another type of headache is the cluster headache. These are severe, recurring headaches that strike about 1 million Americans, and are widely considered to be the most painful type of headache.
Two common causes of headache pain can explain and differentiate two common types of headaches, tension-type and migraine headaches. Tension may strain muscles of the face, neck, and scalp, leading to the tight, pressing pain sensation of tension-type headaches. Swelling and stretching of the blood vessels in the head cause vascular headache pain. A migraine headache is the principal form of vascular headaches. The bones of the skull and tissues of the brain cannot generate pain sensations because they do not contain pain-sensitive nerve fibers.
Headaches come in a number of forms, differentiated by their causes and specific symptoms. The appropriate treatment depends on the type of headache. There are many causes for headaches, which are sometimes accompanied by other symptoms.
Causes for Headache
- Food Allergies and poor diet
- Tension in neck and shoulder muscles
- Vision problems
- Emotional Stress
- Excessive noise and light
- Toxic reactions of drugs and alcohol
Causes for Migraine
- Not well known
- Disturbances in blood circulation in the brain
- Stress and exhaustion
- Glandular imbalances
- Allergies and High Blood Pressure
Acupressure Points which can help you get relief and cure from headache and migraine:
Solar Plexus B-2
Large Intestine St-41,45
Arms and Shoulders Sun-X
The most powerful acupressure point for headache is Gallbladder 20, located immediately below the prominent ridges at the rear base of the skull on both sides of the skull in the depression between the skull and the vertical neck muscles. Rubbing these points and the surrounding one-square-inch area steadily for three to five minutes, using firm pressure at 90 degrees to the skin is often effective by itself in decreasing headache pain.
Headache due to stress or eyestrain:
Many times a headache can be caused by something as simple as stress or eyestrain problems. If that`s the case try acupressure point B10. This point can be found about one-half inch below the base of the skull. More exact, it`s located on the ropy muscles one-half inch outward from either side of the spine. Unlike in the last two points, this point should only be stimulated on one side at a time. Try pressing on the spot with the hand from the opposite side of the body by reaching behind the neck with the opposite hand. Press firmly for one to three minutes while breathing slowly and deeply. You can also employ imaging techniques for even more relief by envisioning the tension falling away and the headache decreasing.
Headaches and MigraineMigraine headaches are recurrent, moderate-to-severe episodes of head pain that may be induced by a variety of triggers. Migraine occurs as the result of an electrochemical imbalance in the brain that causes successive narrowing of blood vessels followed by expansion of blood vessels. This results in blurry vision, a progressive headache and creates a period of discomfort and anxiety. Migrain headaches are often accompanied by nausea and vomiting and may require a few hours of rest in a cool, dark place to subside. Prescribed drugs decrease blood flow and bring relief. However, tension and congested energy from a migraine headache can be released with simple acupressure massage.
To begin the massage for migraine headaches, you will need to sit in a comfortable chair or lie down; choose a dark and dimly lit area, as the oncoming or current migraine headache has likely made you sensitive to light.
Begin the massage procedure at the center of your forehead between your eyebrows, applying tension to the tenderest points.
Start with the top of the head, and apply pressure with your middle and index finger pressing down gently on the middle of your head.
It can be very helpful to massage the points described below. Use deep thumb pressure for at least 1 minute.
GB 20. This point is known as ‘The Gates of Consciousness points,’ Applying pressure on this point can relieve migraine headaches as well as neck pain. Use the thumbs of both hands to press the GB 20 points, which are situated two inches out from the middle of your neck, underneath the base of the skull. Sit down in a chair and bend over, with your elbows propped on a table or desk, to make holding these points most comfortable. Breathe deeply and press firmly for one to two minutes.
Lv 3. On the top of your foot in the valley between the big toe and second toe. Using either your thumb or your right heel, apply pressure on top of this spot and rub for one minute. Then switch and work the opposite foot.
For headaches on the forehead and above the eyes:
Li 4: In the webbing between the thumb and index finger at the highest spot of the muscle when the thumb and index finger are brought close together (Use in combination with LV 3 to relax the jaw.)
For headache on the sides of the head or temples:
TW 5: on the forearm, three finger widths above the wrist crease, between the two bones.
For general headaches, massage these points:
GV 24, GV 20, GV 19, GV 16, UB 7, UB 4, UB 10, GB 21, UB 13, LI 4, LI 11.
For lateral temporal pain:
GB 7, TW 20, GB 12.
* MoonDragon's Health & Wellness site offers useful information about headache.
* National Headache Foundation the world's largest voluntary organization for the support of headache sufferers.