Migraines can be quite debilitating, much more than ordinary tension headaches. Their symptoms vary among individuals a bit, but they usually include:
- Sensitivity to noise, odors or light
- Moderate to severe throbbing, pounding pain – It can affect the entire head, or just one side, and can shift from side to side.
- Abdominal pain, stomach upset, nausea and sometimes vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Cold or warm sensations
- Loss of appetite
- Aura – blind spots, jagged or wavy lines or flashing, bright lights or dots
What Causes Migraines?
There isn’t any specific evidence about the causes of migraine headaches. Researchers believe that genetics and environmental factors all play a role in migraine development. Some studies have shown that a change in the brainstem or its interaction with the trigeminal nerve could cause migraines.
Imbalances in the chemicals of the brain, like serotonin, could also be a cause of migraines. Your levels of serotonin drop if you have a migraine, and this may cause your trigeminal system to release peptides that can trigger migraines. The trigeminal system is responsible for motor functions like chewing and biting, as well as for sensation in your face.
Even though a definitive cause of migraines has not yet been pinpointed, there are triggers known, and you can avoid those. Hormonal changes in pregnancy or menopause may cause migraines. Other triggers include environmental changes, changes in your sleep-wake cycle, certain foods, caffeinated and alcoholic beverages and some food additives. Oral contraceptives, vasodilators and stress can also trigger migraines.
It is common for people to rely on OTC pain medications for migraine headaches, but these only offer temporary relief, and may not offer complete relief. However, it is possible to alleviate tension and pain through acupressure and reflexology.
The acupressure points for migraines are easy to access. In this article, we’ll describe them, and include photos and drawings to teach you about the common migraine pressure points, and the ways you can stimulate them.
Pressure Points for Migraines
Reflexology techniques can be used to treat external and internal problems. Regular stimulation of these pressure points can aid you in getting rid of some health issues completely. Stimulating your pressure points clears the blocked meridians, which allows energy to flow more freely throughout the body. This leads to endorphin production, and these endorphins act like natural painkillers in the body.
Here are some of the more common migraine pressure points:
- Temple Region
There are several migraine pressure points in the region of your temple. The five points create a chain, and include:
- Head portal yin
- Floating white
- Celestial hub
- Valley lead
- Hairline curve
These pressure points can be found about one finger width from the ear. You can use them to bring relief from migraines and temporal headaches. You’ll achieve even better results if you stimulate all five points at the same time.
- Face Region
These pressure points are found on each side of the nostrils, near the bottom edge of your cheekbones, below the pupil of the eye. These points are easily stimulated and correct stimulation helps to relieve tension and migraine headaches, as well as helping with toothache pain, eye fatigue and blocked sinuses.
- Forehead Region
The pressure points on the face and forehead are yang points, possessing great energy. When you stimulate these points, the energy can flow downward, to help in relieving your aches and pains.
Third Eye Point
One of the pressure points on the forehead is one where the ridge of the eyebrows meets the bridge of the nose. When you stimulate this point, it relieves eye pain, headaches, and symptoms of hay fever and eye fatigue.
Another valuable pressure point is located at the inner corner of the eye. Stimulating it leads to relief from sinus headaches and allergy symptoms. It is found directly beneath your eyebrows, and you can even improve vision by stimulating it. Apply even pressure for at least one minute on each side.
- Neck Region
There are numerous pressure points in your neck area, including:
This point is found at the edge of the shoulder, halfway between the point of the shoulder and the base of the neck. When you stimulate this point, it is helpful in relieving neck pain and neck stiffness, as well as migraines. It also helps with symptoms of asthma and spasms.
This point is found on the back of the head, precisely between the ear and spine. Applying pressure at the wind mansion relieves eye pain, unblocks nasal congestion and reduces the pain of tension headaches and migraines.
Gate of Consciousness
This is found below your skull’s base, in the small hollow between the neck muscles. Stimulating this point relieves not only headaches, but also irritability, poor motor coordination, eye strain, dizziness, stiff neck and arthritis.
This neck area pressure point is found two finger widths below your skull base. It is located on the rope-like muscles on either side of the spine. When you stimulate this point, it relieves migraines, tension headaches, stiff neck, stress, insomnia, neck pain and eye strain.
This point is located in the webbed skin between your thumb and index finger. Stimulating it will relieve toothaches and back pain, as well as headaches. Do not trigger this pressure point if you’re pregnant, to avoid uterine contractions.
This point is atop your foot, an inch above the webbed skin between your fourth and fifth toes. Stimulating this point relieves shoulder tension, hip pain, arthritis pain, water retention and sciatica, as well as headaches.
This pressure point will help you in managing your migraines more effectively. It is found at the top your foot, between your big toe and your second toe. Applying pressure here brings relief from arthritis, foot cramps and eye fatigue, as well as tension headaches and migraines.