3 Ways Acupressure Points Can Help Migraines and Headaches

If you suffer from migraines or frequent headaches, you’ve probably tried just about every trick in the book to relieve pain. However, there’s one trick that many people overlook and that is using acupressure to relieve headache pain. 

Acupressure points are a way for you to target pain and to get relief from your symptoms using simple massage techniques. It’s a natural and easy way to put a stop to your headaches and to feel better!

To help you learn how to use this technique and take charge of your wellness, we’ve put together 3 different types of pressure points you can use to get headache relief. Let’s get to the heart of it and support your brain!

1. Gallbladder 20 (GB20) “Wind Pond”

Despite the name of this pressure point, the GB20 acupressure point also known as “Wind Pond”, is actually located at the bottom of the skull. It’s a great spot to apply tolerable pressure in order to find relief from headaches and migraine pain. 

To locate the GB20 pressure point, interlock your fingers but leave your thumbs free. Place your palms against the back of your head to form a hammock. Your thumbs should be pointing down. 

From there, use your thumbs to find the points where your skull attaches to your neck. Apply tolerable pressure to these points gently with your thumbs to obtain headache relief.

2. Triple Warmer 3 (TW3) “Middle Islet”

Another acupressure point that helps many people overcome headaches and meet their health goals is a specific triple warmer acupressure point. This acupressure point, although called “Middle Islet” is also sometimes known as the “Zhong Zhu” pressure point. 

If you’re wanting to find this point, look at one hand and located the groove between your pinky and your ring fingers. This spot is located below your knuckles of those two fingers but above the wrist.

Using your opposite hand, press and apply tolerable pressure to the groove. You should begin to feel migraine relief within a few minutes. 

3. Gallbladder 21 (GB21)”Shoulder Well”

Another spot that can provide relief from headaches and migraines is the GB21 or Gallbladder 21 pressure point. “Shoulder Well” pressure point is located on top of your shoulders and it is often here where we tend to hold on to physical and emotional excess baggage. 

To locate this pressure point, take your thumb and middle finger and apply tolerable pressure to the opposite shoulder muscle. Massage the muscle up and down the area and so you can begin to feel relief. 

If you want to get double action on this energetic hand mediated touch exercise, you can cross your arms over your chest and apply the same technique to both shoulders at the same time. Remember to use tolerable pressure on this muscle so that you can work into the pressure point and relieve tension. 

Relieve Headaches With Acupressure Points

Acupressure points can offer some major relief from headache pain. They can be a real game-changer in helping you find relief from your symptoms and enhancing your quality of life. 

While you can practice some of these techniques at home, a holistic healthcare professional with specialized training in acupressure can help make sure that you’re truly getting relief from your symptoms. Schedule an acupressure appointment at Sage Integrative Wellness today and we’ll help you use acupressure to find headache relief. 

Nurse Author Dominique Fontaine, BSN, RN, HNB-BC, HWNC-BC is a double board certified holistic nurse, holistic medical content writer, and medical content reviewer for Sage Integrative Wellness, LLC and various national and international wellness companies and media companies. Dominique offers holistic nurse consulting for businesses, media companies, and organizations in holistic medical content writing and medical content reviewing upon request. She’s a passionate neurodiverse nurse advocate striving to transform healthcare and culture through awareness, holistic education and research, and integrative nurse coaching.

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