By Rebecca Fending
Do you suffer from body pain but are sick of medicating in order to manage it? Some of the easiest remedies are, quite literally, at your fingertips. Several different pressure points are located all over the human body and can help relieve pain. From your head to your toes, here are some tips on how to manage your pain:
Between the Brows
In between your eyebrows is a spot that, when pressed, can help relieve sinus pressure, as well as headaches and eye strain. Apply gentle pressure for one minute between your eyebrows and just above the bridge of your nose.
This is the class places to massage when you have a headache, but pressing too hard can do more damage than good. Press lightly and massage in circles to relieve a minor headache or tension.
This aptly named point provides divine relief to those suffering from stress, insomnia and neck issues. Placed at the bottom of the sloping muscle from your neck to your shoulder, massaging and applying pressure to this point is sure to feel great and relieve some of your general aches and pains.
Your hands can do more than help you open that bottle of ibuprofen—they also have pressure points that can be activated to help satiate your pain. The webbing between your thumb and forefinger can help fight off headaches and toothaches within seconds. Pinch the webbing between your other thumb and forefinger to reap the benefits that come with this pressure point.
No clever name here, just it’s medical label: Bladder 18. This pressure point is placed an inch from directly in the middle of your back. When pressed or massaged, this point can relieve muscle spasms, nausea and even depression. Find the center of your back and place your finger an inch to the right. Massage for one minute as needed.
With these pressure points, everyday living is easy again. Though they’re not a total fix, they can be a great place holder until you’re able to chat with your doctor about how to better fix or manage your pain or discomfort*.
*Please exercise caution when manipulating your own pressure points. Like most things, misuse or extreme manipulation can injure you. These pressure points are not meant to cure you of health issues. If you require serious help, please find a specialist in your area.