Sinus pressure can be really uncomfortable, and it’s not always easy to relieve sinus pressure.
Helpfully, the video below by Heather Wibbels illustrates how to undertake a self-lymph drainage massage.
It could be just the thing for you if you’ve got a cold or suffer from allergies. However, it may not relieve all headache symptoms – it depends on the type of headache you have.
How Does It Relieve Sinus Pressure?
Pressure headaches and uncomfortable sinuses can sometimes be the result of a ‘clogged’ lymphatic system.
Your lymphatic system is made up of a network of organs and tissues which help your body to protect itself and get rid of waste.
It also protects against toxins and infections. Lymph is a fluid containing white blood cells, and these use the lymphatic system to travel all around your body to fight infections.
If the lymphatic system isn’t working as well as it should be, this can mean you’re left without vital natural protection.
The massage helps to drain parts of the lymphatic system where this is a build up of fluid, to keep the whole system running as it normally would. This helps to relieve sinus pressure.
The build up of fluid can be the result of feeling under the weather. So it’s important to sort the problem out before a new infection strikes your weakened immune system.
Massaging the Lymphatic System
There are actually hundreds of lymph nodes in the body, but most of these are accessible enough that you can massage them yourself.
By putting your lymphatic system back into action, you’re not only relieving sinus pressure, but increasing your likelihood of successfully fighting off an infection.
Just 15 minutes a day can help to detoxify and protect your body – plus, a massage is always relaxing!
Do not perform this massage if you have problems with your heart or circulatory system, have a fever, or if you’re bleeding. You should also not do it if you have cancer or are pregnant.
If you’re unsure, check with a physician before you perform the massage.
How to Perform the Massage
As Heather explains in this video, you should move slowly and lightly at all times. It’s not a deep massaging action.
Using the tips of your fingers, and light pressure, you need to move your hands across various points of the lymphatic system to create suction and drain fluid from certain points in the system into others.
There are several different actions you will need to perform, but Heather shows all of these in her video.
You’ll need to repeat each action up to 50 times, so set aside a little time in your day. There’s no point rushing the process, as it won’t result in all the potential benefits of the massage.
I’ve Got Other Problems!
If it’s not just your sinuses playing up, we’ve got advice on how to deal with all sorts of symptoms – at home, and without medication.