When a stuffy nose hits, it feels like breathing clearly and easily may never come again. Allergies, colds, and even changes in weather can leave our sinuses blocked, with medicine seeming like the only option. But don’t break out the medication just yet—relieving the pressure of a stuffy nose, a stuffy head, and stuffy ears can be as easy as touching a pressure point.
Inflammation & Irritation Cause Colds
Before you attempt to cure your stuffy nose and pressurized head, it’s good to know what’s causing you such discomfort.
When our heads fill with fluid and blockages are created, affecting our breathing, hearing, and mental clarity, it all begins in the nose. When we feel stuffed up, whether due to allergies or illness, the membranes inside our nose are inflamed and irritated. In response to whatever it is that flooded our lymphatic system with fluid, our nasal passages start producing increased amounts of mucus as they try to flush out the source of irritation.
So, when you need to clear your sinuses, it’s important to remember that they’re already inflamed. This means it’s crucial to keep them lubricated and moist rather than to eliminate the mucus and dry everything out. Your runny, snotty nose needs that moisture.
Trick #1: Press Between Your Eyebrows And Use Your Tongue
– To clear your sinuses you should push your tongue against the roof of your mouth and at the same time apply pressure to the pressure point between your eyebrows with a finger.
– Keep this posture for a minimum of 20 seconds, you will immediately start to get some relief.
– As soon as you loosen your tongue and lessen your fingers pressure you will feel some movement to the back of your throat as the mucus accumulation softens.
– You can also alternate between pressing the point between your eyebrows known as the Yintang acupoint which is where the nasion is situated and pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth.
Trick #2: Apply Pressure Across Your Eyebrows
This technique works best for upper sinuses and for stuffy nose.
Amber Lynn Vitale, a massage therapist claims that by only moving fingers across eyebrows you can get the desired relief.
– Rest head on elbows and place fingers on each eyebrow beginning, where they do not meet. Lean forward and when the pressure shifts, slide fingers to the middle of each eyebrow.
– Release fingers when you feel relief, and slide fingers to the ends of each eyebrow. As Vitale explains, here you should hold firm pressure or move fingertips in circles. This encourages the fluid to move away from the nose and sinuses.
Trick #3: Take a Second for a Mini-Massage
Massages do wonders for the rest of our bodies, so why not try a mini-massage when you feel a “knot” of sinus pressure building in your head? According to massage therapist Heather Wibbels, you can pull fluid from the head with a few quick rubs.
– Use your fingertips to push firmly against the notch of your collarbone repeatedly to get the fluid moving downwards. According to Wibbels, you’ll know the process is working when you feel a need to clear your throat—and your ears might also suddenly open up when the pressure releases.
– If this is uncomfortable, Wibbels also suggests a different method. Crossing your hands, you can make a V shape and use the same pumping motion on the sides of your neck to get the lymph fluid to 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!
No matter what has your sinuses stuffed and blocked up, the easiest and quickest course of action isn’t turning to your medicine cabinet. With a little pressure on the right points, and even the use of your tongue, you can draw the problematic fluid from its source of blockage and clear all of your head’s senses.