Acupressure Points for Relief of Headaches
The best point to start applying acupressure for a headache is gall bladder (GB) 20. These acupressure points are located at the base of the back of the skull, just where it meets the neck vertebrae. There is one point on each side of the back of your neck. Place gentle pressure with your fingers or thumbs on this point. This area is typically very sensitive to pressure and is hard to miss. Press upward into the occipital bone and gradually increase the pressure.
Move your fingers downward to acupressure point GB 21, which is located on the trapezius muscle where the neck meets the shoulder. Place firm but gentle pressure here for several seconds.
Move on to the acupressure point large intestine (LI) 4, which is located on the muscle between the thumb and forefinger. These points are good for both migraines and tension headache relief.
Placing gentle pressure on governing vessel (GV) 20, in the small hollow on the top of the head, is an excellent remedy for migraines. Triple warmer (TW) 5, on the forearm between the radius and the ulna, can help to relieve both headache and facial pain associated with migraines.
If you familiarize yourself with these acupressure points, you'll be able to massage away your headaches wherever you happen to be. Be sure to consult a good acupressure reference for more detailed instructions on how to find acupressure points.