• Published on February 9, 2016

    Does the cold weather, dry air, or allergies have your sinuses feeling sore & inflamed, and you know it’s not just from the common cold? If you’ve tried a Neti Pot, hot showers, irrigating with salt water or breathing in steam from hot water, pain relievers, or even changing your intake of spicy foods to clear your nasal passages, we have some recommendations for you to try before you talk to your doctor about sinus problems.
    Try these 6 easy steps to help ease sinus symptoms and bring yourself some relief from the dreaded “gunk” that causes nasal congestion & painful sinus pain and pressure. Many people find that a humidifier or over-the-counter nasal decongestant medication doesn’t help, and nasal sprays don’t always provide relief, either.

    Today’s Tues-torial comes from Kelsie Holeton (Massage Therapy Student at La’ James International College – Iowa City).

    Step 1: Begin by placing your thumb or index finger directly between the eyebrows. For 1-2 minutes press inward and upward or until the pain subsides. This area is the upper most sinuses known as the Frontal Sinuses

    Step 2: Using both fingers, place them on the ridge where the nose and eyebrows meet. Again, apply pressure for 1-3 minutes while taking slow deep breaths. This can help relieve sinus pressure and stimulate natural nasal irrigation for clearer nasal passages.

    Step 3: Move your fingers down to the side of your nose, right under the cheek bones. Apply pressure inward and upward for 1-3 minutes. This area is known as the Sphenoid Sinuses.

    Step 4: With sinus symptoms often comes a feeling of being unbalanced and unfocused. Place fingers under the nose, applying pressure inward and upward for 1-3 minutes. This area is considered the center midline. Pressing firmly on this spot (upper gums) will allow you to concentrate and feel more balanced and focused. This area is the Maxillary Sinuses.

    Step 5: Move your hands to the back of your head. With your fingers you will feel two hollow openings below the occipital ridge. Press and hold while taking full deep breaths for 2-3 minutes. You’ll improve your oxygen intake and circulation while helping to relieve sinus pressure and pain.

    Step 6: Slowly & firmly direct the pressure towards the center of the head. These points will relax the brain, nervous system and relieve headaches & stiffness in the neck, which can provide sinus pressure relief. This area is known as the Occipital Sinuses.

    Finish up feeling relaxed, hopefully with some sinus pressure relief!

    Be sure to talk to your doctor, however, if sinus pain and pressure become severe or do not subside on their own. You may have a sinus infection that requires the care of a physician. While our techniques have a high rate of helping our customers (and us!) with sinus relief, they are not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. While similar symptoms can occur normally with allergies or dry air, and over-the-counter nasal decongestants may provide limited relief, always talk to your doctor if you feel uneasy about any treatment or symptoms.

    Awesome job, Kelsie, and thank you for your great tutorial! 
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