Stress relief using Trigger points
by Irma Buenaventura – massage therapist
I hope everything is going well with you.
This week I want to teach you a therapy that can make your new home-based life easier: trigger points.
Trigger points produce pain locally and often accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders.
There are some well-known pressure points in the body believed to relieve headaches and stress.
Here’s where they are and how you can use them:
- The union valley points are located on the web between your thumb and index finger. To treat headaches:
– Start by pinching this area with the thumb and index finger of your opposite hand firmly, but not painfully, for 10 seconds;
– Next, make small circles with your thumb on this area in one direction and then the other, for 10 seconds each;
– Repeat this process on the Union Valley point on your opposite hand.
- Drilling bamboo points are located at the indentations on either side of the spot where the bridge of your nose meets the ridge of your eyebrows. To use these pressure points to treat headaches:
– use both of your index fingers to apply firm pressure to both points at once and hold for 10 seconds, release and repeat.
- The gates of consciousness pressure points are located at the base of the skull in the parallel hollow areas between the two vertical neck muscles.
To use these pressure points:
– place your index and middle fingers of either hand onto these pressure points;
– press firmly upward on both sides at once for 10 seconds, then release and repeat.
Applying firm touch to these pressure points can help relieve headaches caused by tension in the neck.
- The third eye point can be found between your two eyebrows where the bridge of your nose meets your forehead:
– use the index finger of one hand to apply firm pressure to this area for 1 minute;
Firm pressure applied to the third eye pressure point is thought to relieve eyestrain and sinus pressure that often cause headaches.
- The shoulder well is located at the edge of your shoulder, halfway between your shoulder point and the base of your neck.
To use this pressure point:
– use the thumb of one hand to apply firm, circular pressure to this point for 1 minute then switch and repeat on the opposite side.
Applying firm touch to the shoulder well pressure point can help relieve stiffness in your neck and shoulders, relieving neck pain and preventing headaches caused by this kind of sensation.
Stay positive and relaxed!