February 9, 2016


In this blog post, we will show you how to relieve sinus pressure with your fingers, right at home, without any special preparation needed.

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. If nothing worked, feel free to try out our DIY home tutorial for clearing your nasal passages and alleviating nasal pressure.

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DIY Sinus Pressure Relief Home Tutorial

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 (Student at our massage therapy school in Iowa – La’ James International College).

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Finish up feeling relaxed, hopefully with some sinus pressure relief! Awesome job, Kelsie, and thank you for your great tutorial!

You can also try a simple DIY sinus relief technique at home. It’s quick and truly effective.

Natural remedies for sinus pressure relief

There are several highly effective natural remedies available for sinus pressure relief, including saline irrigation, steam inhalation, warm compress application, hydration, and more.

  • Rinsing the nasal passages with a saline solution aids in loosening and removing mucus.
  • Steam inhalation assists in opening up and unclogging the nasal passages.
  • Applying a warm compress to target areas can relieve sinus pressure and pain.
  • Staying well-hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids can help thin mucus, making it easier to drain.

When to see a doctor for sinus pressure?

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.

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