Using acupressure for sinus congestion is just another weapon that you can use in the battle to breathe easier from your nose again. If you suffer from repeated bouts of sinus and nasal congestion and have tried all the usual methods to relieve it, maybe the time has come to think outside the box and try acupressure.
What Is Acupressure?
Acupressure is a therapy that uses precise finger placement and pressure in certain spots on the body. It is similar in theory to acupuncture without the invasiveness of actually penetrating the skin. It was developed thousands of years ago in Asia and the idea is that the pressure on these specific points in the body improve blood flow and allow energy to flow more freely. This promotes healing to the corresponding organ or connected part of your body.
Acupressure is used to promote relaxation as well as to relieve pain and tension in muscles. Certain pressure point areas are used to treat specific ailments in the same way as acupuncture. It may be a good idea to book a session with a licensed practitioner of acupressure to see if something like this is right for you. It’s the same as anything else, it works for some people and not for others. You can also learn about pressure points and use it at home. Acupressure mats are available and some people find them to be extremely helpful for a variety of ailments and for relaxation when used regularly at home.
Check out the video below to get a visual of acupressure points to help with your sinus congestion.
Call it nasal congestion or call it a stuffed up nose, it doesn’t matter. What matters is just what the heck causes it and what can be done about it?
What Are The Causes Of Nasal Congestion?
Nasal congestion is caused by anything that is irritating or inflaming the nasal tissues. There are some serious medical causes such as polyps and tumors but they are extremely less common than the usual suspects. If nasal congestion becomes a persistent or chronic problem you should be looked at by a medical professional.
More common and less serious causes of inflamed nasal tissues are:
- Dryness in the air or cold temperatures
- The flu or common cold
- Allergies and hay fever
- A foreign body in the nose
- Smoking or drug addictions
Home Remedies And Medications To Help Relieve Nasal Congestion:
- An age old remedy is to use steam to clear the congestion. Use a pot to boil some water on the stove until it is really steaming. Remove the pot from the stove and drape a large towel over your head to trap the steam staying about a foot away from the pot. Breathe in from your nose and out through your mouth with your eyes closed. Breathe deeply counting to five and then exhale slowly. Repeat this process every couple of hours. Adding herbs or essential oils such as lavender , spearmint or peppermint to the water may aid the healing and clearing of the congestion.
- The use of a humidifier in your room while you sleep will help to moisten the air which in turn will help to prevent dryness in your nasal passages.
- Drinking plenty of liquids especially hot teas. They will help to thin mucus allowing easier flow out of the nose.
- Taking hot showers has also been known to help relieve congestion in the same way as steaming.
- Go for a walk or cycle. Any form of mild exercise to get your heart rate up and cause you to sweat can give you a little relief.
- There are many over the counter medications that are available to treat nasal congestion by reducing the inflammation in the nose. Nasal steroid sprays take a little bit longer to work than antihistamines and decongestants but generally perform well without side effects such as drowsiness and dry mouth.