Migraine and Headaches
Headaches and migraines are two of the most common pains that people suffer form and although a headache may be mild or throbbing and last a few hours a migraine is a more serious condition where the pain may even last for days. In most cases common headache is caused by excessive stress, tension and emotional changes. But migraine is a more complex situation where the blood vessels of the brain enlarge to release chemicals from the nerve fibers that cause inflammation and hence the severe pain.
Causes of Migraine:
Although the precise cause of migraine in not yet known but there are certain specific triggers of migraines and the first and most powerful one is:
* Hormonal Change– That’s the reason two-third of women experience extreme headaches during the time or just before the onset of periods. Migraines become more common after the onset of puberty and gradually decrease after menopause.
* Eating Habits– Yet another major trigger of migraine is the food we eat. Most common triggers of migraine are alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and fermented foods.
* Other Causes– Stress, tension, work pressure, sleeping disorders and changed atmospheric pressure may also lead to severe headache and nausea.
Acupressure to Heal Migraine:
The benefits and helpful aspects of Reflexology are numerous and it can be used effectively for treating pains and aliments. A majority of the pains and irritations above the neck are caused by excess muscle tension and vascular imbalance and therefore can be healed effectively through acupressure and reflexology because the acupressure points in this area are easily accessible and can be triggered with very little pressure. While over the counter medicines can provide instant relief but in most cases it is a temporary one, but reflexology not only treats the problems externally but heals the ailment from within so that you can get over it completely.
6 Most Important Regions to Relieve Migraine and Headaches:
Applying pressure in these specific regions of the body helps in clearing the blocked meridians so that energy may flow freely throughout the body releasing endorphins, the natural pain killer that our body produces.
All the points on the face and forehead are yang pints that are full of energy that generate from the head and face and flow downwards.
Third Eye Point– This point is located just between the two eyebrows where the bridge of the nose meets the forehead. Applying pressure on this region helps in improving concentration, reliving eye strain, headaches, and ulcer pains. Apply pressure for 1 minute and then move to the next point.
Bright Light– This point is situated in the inner corner of the eyes just below the eyebrows. Applying pressure at these points works excellent in relieving sinus headaches and allergy symptoms. In addition, it also helps in improving vision. Apply pressure for 1 minute on both sides.
In the temple region there are a chain of points that curl around the ear starting from the top of the ear and are situated just one finger width from the ear. All these points have to be worked simultaneously for effective results. Here we have numbered the pints as 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 so that the points can be located in the image with ease. Point 1 is located near the tip of the ear and the rest of the points curl around the ear.
* Hairline Curve (1)
* Valley Lead (2)
* Celestial Hub (3)
* Floating White (4)
* Head Portal Yin (5)
Applying pressure on these points helps in relieving temporal headaches on the sides of the head and migraines.
Welcome Fragrance– This points are located both sides of the nostril. Applying pressure on these points helps in opening sinuses and reducing tension headaches.
Wind Pool– This point is located at the back of the head, halfway between your ear and spine; between the two muscles that come together. Applying pressure at Wind Pool helps in unblocking nasal congestion, relieving pain in eyes, ears, throat, headaches and migraines.
Shoulder Well– This point is located at the edge of the Shoulder halfway between the point of your shoulder and the base of your neck. Applying pressure on this point helps in reducing stiffness of neck and shoulders and relieving neck pain. It also helps in relieving other ailments like asthma and spasms.
Heaven’s Pillar– This point is located 2 fingers below the base of the skull on the rope like muscles present on both sides of the spine. Applying pressure on this point helps in relieving aches at the back of the head, neck pains, eyestrain, stress, insomnia and stiff neck. Stimulating the Heaven’s Pillar also helps in cough relief.
Union Valley– This point is located in the web between you thumb and index finger. Applying pressure on this point helps in relieving back pain, frontal headaches, tooth ache and releasing tension from neck and head.
Moving Between– This point is located in the valley between the big and the second toe. Applying pressure on this point helps in relieving headaches, tiredness of eye, arthritis and foot cramps.
Headaches may be a common problem but that does not mean it should be neglected. But instead of resorting to medicine and pills, know the reflexology zones and give reflexology and acupressure a chance to see the difference. Experiment with the pressure points you have chosen because specific pressure points work more effectively for specific type of headaches and some points might show strong results while others might take more time. Therefore try out each of the pressure points to know which points work best for you.
8 Simple Tips for a Proper Acupressure Session:
Now that you know the specific acupressure points that can be stimulated to alleviate the pain in neck and shoulder region, here are a few simple tips that you can use to make the session an unforgettable experience for the receiver.
- Get a clear idea about the problem region of the receiver
- Ask the receiver to do few stretching exercises before commencing the acupressure session
- Make the receiver to lie down on a clean mat
- Keep supplies like pillows and towels handy
- Put support of rolled towels or clean cloths anywhere the body is not touching the mat
- Start by pressing the points softly with fingers and keep asking whether the pressure makes him/her feel good
- Apply pressure on same points on both sides of the body at the same time
- Apply pressure on a particular region for 2-3 minutes and move on to the next point
Author: Bipasha Mukherjee, published in modernreflexology.com
Bipasha Mukherjee is a professional content writer at ModernReflexology.com. She has done her post graduation in English from The University of Calcutta and has flair to write articles on Massages, Acupressure, Reflexology, Acupuncture and Etc.