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Acupressure A Useful Treatment For Migraines And Headaches

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For most practitioners, acupuncture is the best treatment for headaches, but they also believe that acupressure can be also a powerful treatment for headaches and one of its best features is that it is easy to learn and can be done safely at home. The differential patterns for the various types of headaches may depend on whatever organ system(s) is affected although almost always it is the Gallbladder meridian that’s affected.

The Gallbladder meridian is located near the eye’s outer edge and it radiates towards and upwards the back of the head. This meridian travels across the top of the shoulders and at the top of the trapezius muscles where it stretches downwards through the occipital area. This is the area midway between the shoulder joint’s topmost part and the base of the neck. For people suffering from chronic headaches, this meridian is usually tight; when it’s stressed, it even gets tighter. The Gallbladder meridian then runs from the shoulder and downward the side of the body, passing the gluteal area, then to both leg’s lateral aspect, and stops at the fourth toe.

According to Chinese medicine, the Gallbladder and Liver play major roles in the development of migraines and headaches. These two organs are closely connected to each other so much so that if one organ has a problem, the other is sure to be affected as well. This is why when practitioners treat one organ, they usually also address the other. The Liver meridian also impacts the top of the head and can be responsible for pain behind the eyes. Because both these meridians can affect the back, sides, and front of the head, they are often used to effectively treat migraines and headaches.

The following is a very simple acupressure procedure which you can perform at home to cure or reduce a headache:

  1. First, sit on a stool or chair without a backrest. You can also sit on the floor or on a coffee table.
  2. Then tell someone to stand behind you (about two to three inches away from their chest to your back).
  3. Your companion then places his/her thumbs on your trapezius muscle’s highest point (this will again be about middle between your shoulder joint and the base of your neck).
  4. Once your companion’s thumbs are in place, tell him to push using a moderate amount of pressure straight towards the floor. You and your companion should be in constant communication with each other. Tell him/her if you’re not getting enough pressure or if there’s too much of it. You will know how much pressure you can tolerate. The treatment should not hurt but you definitely will feel some pressure on your muscles.
  5. Keep on applying steady pressure on the muscle for about two to four minutes.
  6. Repeat the process as much as you can.

This simple acupressure procedure should take care of your migraine or headache. When performing this therapy, act with caution and to avoid injury, make sure you are constantly communicating with your companion.

Ni Nan Gilbert is a licensed acupuncturist in Bellmore, NY with certification in Chinese Herbology and over 16 years experience in traditional Chinese medicine.

 

Written by Valerie

January 16th, 2018 at 4:41 pm