Massaging your temples or another’s temples to soothe a headache can help with the pain in several different ways: distraction from the pain and also maximization of circulation and optimal myofascial (muscle/connective tissue) function.
This answer is mainly directed toward someone with a headache in the temple region, outside of the eyes. The answer may be different for someone with a headache in a different region of the head.
When you massage the temples, you can do several techniques: mainly friction (rubbing across the skin) or various methods of kneading (rubbing into the skin and underlying tissues). Friction mainly is for draining pain-inducing chemicals from the tissues, to be resupplied with fresh blood supply, which essentially “cleanses” the tissue of pain and result in inflammation. Kneading (like the circle patterns we usually do) is to break up areas of myofascial tension and adhesion to underlying structures via repeated tension cycles. This will be for several goals: to break apart connective tissue that is cutting off blood/lymph/nerve supply and also to stimulate and reset optimal fluid flow in the tissue.
The migraine sufferer should be medically checked out before considering massage. The cause, duration and pattern of migraines they suffer from should not have changed recently. A change in pattern or character of their migraines may mean there is underlying issues.
All the points on the face and forehead are yang pints that are full of energy that generate from the head and face and flow downwards.
Third Eye Point– This point is located just between the two eyebrows where the bridge of the nose meets the forehead., reliving eye strain, headaches, and ulcer pains. Apply pressure for 1 minute and then move to the next point.
Bright Light– This point is situated in the inner corner of the eyes just below the eyebrows. Applying pressure at these points works excellent in relieving sinus headaches and allergy symptoms. In addition,. Apply pressure for 1 minute on both sides.
In the temple region there are a chain of points that curl around the ear starting from the top of the ear and are situated just one finger width from the ear. All these points have to be worked simultaneously for effective results. Here we have numbered the pints as 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 so that the points can be located in the image with ease. Point 1 is located near the tip of the ear and the rest of the points curl around the ear.
Acupressure points for migraine
Find the area midway between themiddle of your eyebrows
Apply deep pressure with yourthumb or index finger moving forward
Continue for a minute or until pain decreases, breathing deeply.
Find the area between the thumband index finger
Squeeze this area using otherhand thumb and index finger
Continue for a minute or untilthe pain is relieved, breathing deeply
Change hands and follow the abovesteps and do it to the other hand.
Place your fingers at the middle of your neck at the back of your head
Move fingers directly below theskull and top of the neck
Until you find a small hollow continueto move your fingers about 1 to 2 inches to the sides
Lean your head slightly backward
Apply pressure with your thumbsto the hollow area and press upward for two minutes or until the pain stops
Lastly, remember to breathedeeply during this procedure.
Find the pressure point at thetop of your head by representing an imaginary line from the front of one ear tothe front of opposite ear
Draw another imaginary line from the center of your brow up to the top of your head at the midpoint to meet the first imaginary line. The meeting of two lines is the intersection to the pressure point
Apply strong pressure to this point for a minute or till the pain stops, breathing deeply.
On the top of your foot locate the area between your big and secondtoes
Apply pressure with a rubbingmotion to this area with either your thumb or the heel of your opposite footfor a minute
Change and repeat the procedure on other foot, breathing deeply.