Sinus is an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses are filled with air. But when they become blocked and filled with fluid, germs can grow and cause an infection. Sinus can be acute or chronic, and it can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, allergies, or even an autoimmune reaction. Stuffy nose, headaches, coughing, and fever can knock off anyone and make a person feel lousy. But some people experience this due to abnormal tissue growth inside the nose, an uneven wall of tissue and other illnesses. Generally, people take over-the-counter drugs to get some relief from the sinus pain, but massage can also be an excellent alternative.
Self-massage is easy to do by yourself. All it takes is just a few minutes of gently massaging and putting pressure on the appropriate parts of your face. The human body has four pairs of sinuses. Each one is named after the bones in which they’re found. Massaging these points can provide relief from sinus pain and congestion.
There are three massage points to get relief from sinus pain:
- Frontal Sinus Massage: The frontal sinuses are one of the four pairs of paranasal sinuses that are situated behind the brow ridges. Sinuses are mucosa-lined airspaces within the bones of the face and skull. The frontal sinus is found in the center of the forehead. The point is located just above the eyes near the nasal bridge.
How to massage:
- Start by rubbing your hands together to warm them up.
- Place your index and middle fingers on either side of the forehead, just above the eyebrows.
- Massage slowly in a circular outward motion, working your way outwards, towards the temples.
- Do this for about 30 seconds.
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2. Maxillary Sinus Massage: The pyramid-shaped maxillary sinus is the largest of the paranasal sinuses, and drains into the middle meatus of the nose. It is the most significant air sinus in the body. The points can be found on either side of the nose below your cheekbones and above the jaws.
How to massage:
- Place your index and middle fingers on the area between the cheekbones and the upper jaw, on either side of the nose.
- Massage this area in a circular motion for about 30 seconds.
- For stronger pressure, use your thumbs instead of your index fingers.
3. Sphenoid/ethmoid Sinus Massage: The ethmoid sinus or ethmoid air cells of the ethmoid bone is one of the four paired paranasal sinuses. The ethmoid sinuses are located just behind the nose and between the eyes, while the ethmoid sinuses are located in the ethmoid bone that divided the nasal cavity from the brain.
How to massage:
- Place your index fingers on the bridge of your nose.
- Find the area between your nasal bone and the corner of the eyes.
- Hold a firm pressure in that spot with your fingers for about 15 seconds.
- Then, using your index fingers, stroke downward along the side of the bridge of your nose.
- Repeat the slow downward strokes for about 30 seconds.
Tip: You can repeat all of these massages several times until your sinuses feel relieved from congestion. You can also combine sinus massage with other home remedies like warm compresses or steam inhalation, for added relief.