Migraine headaches affect millions of people and can be so severe they may require a trip to the emergency room for relief. Sometimes just laying down may help, while other times prescription medicines may be recommended. Another alternative treatment involves applying pressure with the fingertips to certain pressure points on the body to decrease tension and affect blood flow.
The online Headache Relief Pressure Points Tutorial and the Depression Guide both suggest beginning pressure point therapy at the temples. The websites says you should use the thumbs to gently massage the temples on both sides of the head. Only light pressure should be used. The purpose of this massage is to begin to relax the migraine sufferer. The massages can be done by the patient or someone else for 20 to 60 seconds.
Inside Ends of Eyebrows
Using the fingertips of the index or middle fingers, apply firm pressure to the area at the inside end of each eyebrow. The Headache Relief Pressure Points Tutorial says firm pressure should be applied in these areas, and the fingertips should move in a circular motion, "as if you are squeezing something in a mortar. It warns that pressing and holding could induce a spasm. Massage for 10 to 40 seconds.
Above the Forehead
You can find another pressure point by drawing an imaginary line from the outer sides of your head and moving your fingers up until you find points which are more sensitive than the areas around them. The Headache Relief Pressure Points Tutorial says that when you find those points, use your fingertips to massage the areas for 10 to 40 seconds. Another pressure point may be found in the same general area but in the middle of the head.
Base of the Skull
Healthtree says another popular pressure point for headache relief is at the base of the skull. It says pressure should be applied to the points where the base of the skull meets the neck. The areas, which feel like small indentations, are about two inches apart. Healthtree says firm pressure on these areas for one or two minutes can release pain-killing endorphins.
Healthtree and the Depression Guide both note that there are headache pressure points on the hands, too. This point lies in the fleshy area between the thumb and forefinger. Use a gentle, circular motion on the area. Healthtree warns that these points may not be good to use if you are pregnant. It says the hand massage may induce labor.