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6 Effective Pressure Points for Headaches

pressure points for headaches

Theres nothing like a throbbing head to wreck your day

But instead of reflexively reaching for a pill, you could actually help your body heal itself: In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and acupressure have been used for pain managementfor thousands of years, and it looks like Western science may finally be catching on to this approach.Science is showing more and more that the stimulation of certain pressure points can affect the neural fibres in the brain as well as the peripheral nervous system, saysPaul Robison, a licensed acupuncturist in Washington, D.C., and the founder of Flourish Health Arts. A review of studies published in 2016 in theCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, for instance,found that acupuncture was effective in helping treatpatients withfrequent or chronic tension-type headaches. And a study published in 2017 inJAMA Internal Medicinefound thatacupuncture not only helps get rid of a migraine, it can also reduce the frequency that people have them.Acupuncture involves inserting needles along specific pathways, called meridians, which may stimulate the bodys healing process. Acupressure stimulates the same pressure points but relies on fingers instead of needles to apply pressure. Its all about releasing tension and restoring balance in the body, Robison says. Either way, you can get better results with the guidance of a professional; a pro can also help you develop a personalized protocol you can follow at home. For those seeking relief right now, Robison provides the following guide to pressure points for different types of headache pain.

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