You're sitting at your desk, and without warning, your head starts to pound. You've been there before, right? You drink some water, stretch out a little, and pop a pain-reliever — but the headache continues. If this sounds like a pretty typical occurrence for you, then the next step — or hey, maybe this should be the first step, considering it works so well — is to take some advice from acupuncturists, and locate the best pressure points for headache relief.
Yes, in case you didn't know, there are actually specific places on your body you can apply pressure to, or gently massage, that can help relieve that aching head of yours. According to acupuncturist Robert Inesta, DC, L.Ac, CFMP, CCSP, the specific pressure point you might want to focus on to soothe your pain will likely depend on the type of headache you're suffering from. If you're not sure what he means by that, ask yourself this: Where, exactly, is your pain? Perhaps you feel it in your temples, or maybe it's slowly crawling up your neck.
"There are muscular trigger points [for example]," Inesta tells Elite Daily, "in which muscle fibers are contracting and holding tension. Or there can be fascial or connective-tissue tension points, in which layers of your connective tissue become restricted." Another possible source for your pain, he says, could be "tender areas in the tissue that are sensitized due to tension, nerve irritation, repetitive strain, trauma, or inflammation," which can all cause what's called a tension headache, and are typically associated with pressure points in the neck, head, and face.
In addition to learning about these various pressure points, Inesta adds that it's just as important to assess any other unexpected factors that may be causing your pain, too, like how you're feeling mentally and emotionally, what foods you're eating, and where you're at with your overall health, as these can all play a role in triggering headaches and migraines, he tells Elite Daily.
But if you've already eliminated most of these factors, and you're simply looking for a quick way to escape a sudden headache, here are some pressure points to focus on (as well as their really interesting names).