Sinus pain can be a nuisance. Not only does your face and your nose hurt, but things also take a turn for the worse when your nose starts to discharge icky mucus, and you feel an unrelenting pressure on your sinus (the hollow areas under your cheekbones and just above your eyebrows) which may even be compounded by dull and persistent headaches. Before you pop some pills, hear us out. We are going to suggest a few techniques for sinus pain that will make your discomfort a history without even popping a pill.
But, why exactly do you get Sinus Pain?
Sinuses secrete the fluid that keeps your nasal passage moist. And when you react to an allergen or contract a cold or flu, your sinuses get blocked. This means they cannot drain their fluids, get stuffed beyond their capacity and this triggers pain and the sensation of fullness.
An interesting side note- Sinuses also play a part in modulating the tone and depth of your voice. And that is why when you are under the weather you sound hoarse and gruff.
A few expert tips on mastering massage for sinus pain
To relieve the discomfort, you can try these simple techniques of massage for sinus pain–
Frontal sinus massage
Your frontal sinuses are present in your forehead, one above each eye. They are easy enough to locate when you’ve got a head cold, this region in your forehead makes itself known with constant stabs of pain.
- First, rub your hands together vigorously to generate some heat
- Now touch the frontal sinuses (above the eyebrows) with the middle and index fingers of both your hands (one pair should touch each sinus)
- With a gentle circular motion, begin to massage the area (increase the pressure if that helps)
- Let the circular motion carry your fingers sideways towards the temples
- Once you reach the temples, move back to your sinus
- Repeat the process for half a minute
Ethmoid/Sphenoid sinus massage
You ethmoid sinus is in the bone that separates your nasal cavity from your brain. And the sphenoid sinuses are present in the sphenoid bone, between your eyes and behind your nose. This is a massage for sinus pain that can cure any unease arising from blockage of either of these sinuses.
- With your index fingers, touch the bridge of your nose
- Locate the spot between the corner of your eyes and your nasal bone
- Probe gently to understand if that area aches
- Now, press down on this spot with your fingers
- Maintain the pressure for about 15 seconds
- Then slide your fingers down the bridge, all the while maintaining the pressure
- Keep repeating for 30 seconds
Maxillary sinus massage
These are your largest sinuses and the ones that are most likely to fall victim to a cough and cold. They are located under your cheekbones. Here’s a massage for sinus pain that will eliminate your maxillary sinus discomfort-
- Touch your cheekbones and upper jaw with your index and middle fingers
- With circular motion massage this area thoroughly
- You may also use your thumbs if you want to exert more pressure
Why does massage for sinus pain help?
When you apply pressure on your sinuses, it generates heat which opens up the blockage and helps your sinus get rid of the built-up fluids. Blood circulation to these regions improves and that relieves pain and the feeling of uncomfortable fullness.
If you have a bad case of a head cold, then you will have to keep massaging at short intervals because the relief provided by one session of massage may not last you very long.
Massage for sinus pain is an age-old remedy and the reason why people still practise it today is that it is extremely effective.