Massage Techniques to Help Sinus Pressure

Now that the weather has finally warmed up, you may be experiencing allergy symptoms and having some sinus pain. Self-massage is easy to do, and all it takes is just a few minutes of gently massaging and putting pressure on the appropriate parts of your face. The human body has four pairs of sinuses. Each one is named after the bones in which they’re found. You can massage just the sinuses that are bothering you, or try massaging all four of the sinus areas. The frontal sinuses are found in the center of the forehead, right above each eye.

  1. Start by rubbing your hands together to warm them up.
  2. Place your index and middle fingers on either side of the forehead, just above the eyebrows.
  3. Massage slowly in a circular outward motion, working your way outwards, towards the temples.
  4. Do this for about 30 seconds

The maxillary sinuses are located on either side of the nose, below the cheeks, but above the teeth. They’re the largest of the four sinuses.

  1. Place your index and middle fingers on the area between the cheek bones and the upper jaw, on either side of the nose.
  2. Massage this area in a circular motion for about 30 seconds.
  3. For stronger pressure, use your thumbs instead of your index fingers.

The sphenoid sinuses can be found on the side of the skull in the sphenoid bone, which is behind the nose and between the eyes, just below the pituitary gland. The ethmoid sinuses are located in the ethmoid bone, the bone that divides the nasal cavity from the brain. This technique will address both types of sinuses.

  1. Place your index fingers on the bridge of your nose.
  2. Find the area between your nasal bone and the corner of the eyes.
  3. Hold a firm pressure in that spot with your fingers for about 15 seconds.
  4. Then, using your index fingers, stroke downward along the side of the bridge of your nose.
  5. Repeat the slow downward strokes for about 30 seconds.

You can repeat all of these massages several times until your sinuses feel relieved from congestion. You can also combine sinus massage with other home remedies like warm compresses or steam inhalation, for added relief. 

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