Experiencing nasal congestion, facial pain, sinus pressures, and migraines can make you feel miserable. Allergies or colds typically cause sinus pain and congestion. But some people experience chronic sinus congestion and pressure due to sinusitis, a deviated septum, or other conditions. While over-the-counter medicines can help cure this problem, trying new methods can promote drainage.
Use these three sinus massage techniques to reduce pressure and help drain your sinuses and congestion.
Frontal Sinus Massage
Your frontal sinus is in the center of your forehead and sits right above each eye. Before starting, you should rub your hands together to warm your fingers. Once your hands are warm, place your index and middle finger just above your eyebrow and softly rub in a circular outward motion. You want to work your way to your temple, still going in a soft circular motion. Do this for about 30 seconds to a minute and repeat twice.
Maxillary Sinus Massage
Another sinus massage that will help relieve sinus pressure is the maxillary sinus massage. The maxillary sinuses are on both sides of the nose, below the cheeks but right above the teeth. We recommend using your thumbs for a much deeper message for the best results. But to start, you can do the following.
Using your index and middle finger, apply light pressure near your nose between your cheekbones and upper jaw. Move your fingers in a circular outward motion. Work your way toward the ears. Repeat this for about 30 seconds to a minute, and repeat the whole massage twice.
Ethmoid Sinus Massage
The ethmoid sinuses are in the ethmoid bone that divides the brain and nasal cavity. This message will also address your sphenoid sinuses, which are on the sides between the eyes and behind the nose.
With this massage, you want to place your index and middle fingers near your nose between your upper jaw and cheekbone and apply slight pressure. Move your fingers in a circular motion, then move toward the top of your nose. Slowly work your way down to the bottom of your nose. Repeat this motion two to three times for 10 to 15 seconds.
Addressing your sinus blockages and pressures with different methods can help temporarily reduce the pain. At-home remedies can provide relief. But if you suffer from sinus diseases and chronic pain, you should make an appointment with Allergy & ENT Associates.