Blocked sinuses are no fun, especially during a pandemic, when every seasonal sniffle or sinus headache results in a new round of “is this allergy or COVID?” Sinus congestion treatment methods will often require you to take one pill (or more), some of which have side effects that can be quite a strong deterrent.
But there is a smart acupressure trick that could help you fix your problem in just 20 seconds. It comes to us from a Oldie-but-goodie Reddit thread of the user gym fork:
Push your tongue against the top of your mouth and place a finger between your eyebrows and apply pressure. Hold it for about 20 seconds and your sinuses will start to drain.
When you push your tongue against the roof of your mouth, don’t aim for a specific point but rather push it flat against the top. When you let go, you should start to feel a little movement in the back of your throat. It’s a very simple trick that gets the job done.
Other easy ways to relieve sinus pressure
If that doesn’t work for you, there are a few other ways you can try, like suggested by SimplyHealth UK:
- The joint near the bridge of the nose and the eye socket is the area most affected by nasal congestion. Use your thumbs on the inner tip of each eyebrow, in line with the side of the nose. Press for 30 seconds and release, repeat until you feel the pain ease.
- If the above is not enough, place your middle middle fingers next to each of your nostrils and your index fingers next to them. Press both sides with your middle finger, hold for 30 seconds, then press your index fingers for 30 seconds. Repeat until you feel free flow of air through your nostrils.
If pressing on your face doesn’t work, SimplyHealth UK also notes that squeezing the strap between your thumbs and index fingers with the opposite hand for 30 seconds each can help relieve sinus pressure and tension headaches.
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This article was originally published in September 2012 and updated on June 14, 2021 by Joel Cunningham to provide more complete information and several additional remedies, and to revise the title, add a new header image and align the content. with the current Lifehacker style.