Headaches are both mentally and physically draining, especially if they are difficult to get rid of. If you find yourself looking for an alternative to medication because it isn’t working, or you just want a more natural solution, try self massage.
The following are simple self massage techniques that can help get rid of that headache, naturally:
For Headaches on the Top or Side of the Head
You will need to use your thumb, fist or a tennis ball for his one. Start by searching for that tender spot in front of your ears. This will be on the same level of your eyebrows. Using your “tool” of choice, you want to apply constant pressure for approximately two to three minutes. If this does not alleviate your discomfort, gradually move up towards the top of your head while repeating the same process until you find relief.
For Headaches on the Front of Your Head and Around Your Eyes
Just like with the previous technique, you will want to use your thumb or a tennis ball. There are three different locations for this technique: the inner end of your eyebrows, either side of the bridge of your nose or below the center of your eyes. Search for the tender area in these locations and apply constant pressure for approximately two to three minutes. Repeat as necessary, but seek help if you do not find relief within 48 hours.
Headaches on the Back of Your Head That Shoot Down Your Neck
This technique is excellent for anyone with poor posture or neck problems. Search for the tender area at the base of your neck on the back of your head. Here, use your three middle fingers or tennis balls to apply constant pressure for approximately two to three minutes until you find relief.
How do I know if I am doing it right?
You will feel it! Performing these self massage techniquesmay feel uncomfortable for the first minute or two, but once it works there will be a sudden release of tension which decreases the tenderness that you were feeling. Just remember that these techniques are not complete solutions for everyone, and if you aren’t feeling relief from your headaches you should seek professional help.