Sinus Pressure Points to Relieve Sinus Pressure, Congestion, and Pain


1. Between your eyes

Location: Between the eyebrows, higher than the no

Location: Between the eyebrows, higher than the nose bridge, where your eyebrow ridges meet. And this is where you will be focusing.

Directions: Simply press or tap on this amazing pressure point for about one minute.

Results: This will have your mucus secreting as it should be, meaning your sinuses won't dry up and get inflamed. It will relieve pressure from your frontal sinuses. This massage can keep colds and rhinitis at bay too. Taping a little bead of plastic or glass on this point will even help you nod off at night if you have trouble doing so. Other results you could see are improved concentration and even intuition. This point helps activate a region of your brain that reduces nervous tension. It can even help with the regeneration of the skin around your eyes and mouth. 


Sinus Pressure Points on the Back of the Head and Neck

There are areas around the neck and base of the skull that present an opportunity to relieve sinus pressure. The pressure points in these areas are located in delicate, cavity-like areas where the neck and skull adjoin. There are two such points.

One of them is the specific point where the neck meets the skull. It is right in the middle of the neck/head, near the base of your hairline.

To find it, place your finger at your hairline and move it either up or down until you find the cavity. By squeezing the point with your thumb for about five minutes, it may help clear sinus pressure.

The other area is found on the neck close to the base of the skull. The points are located at the highest point of the neck, just below the base of the skull.

To find it, place both of your thumbs at the top of your neck point and slowly separate them until you feel the cavities (they should be about three inches apart). Access the point by pressing slightly in and up and holding for about five minutes.

Other Natural Ways to Get Rid of Sinus Pressure

Below are some other options to show you how to relieve sinus pain without doing facial reflexology.

  • Use a humidifier: Moist air keeps the sinuses lubricated so they don’t become irritated.
  • Use a saline spray: Saline nasal sprays are good for lubricating the lining of the nasal passage. A hot shower will also help to get moisture into the sinuses.
  • Keep hydrated: Staying hydrated is important, especially by drinking hot beverages. Ginger tea with lemon has anti-inflammatory properties and will help boost your immune system, and it also provides your body with vitamins and nutrients to help fight off the infection causing pressure and pain.
  • Warm compresses: Placing a warm compress (which can be done at home with a face cloth and warm water) on your face while lying down will help reduce sinus pressure.
  • Elevate your head at night: Propping yourself up with a few pillows will allow the mucus to drain better.
  • Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus is an anti-inflammatory herb, so drinking tea or inhaling steam with eucalyptus oil in it can clear out the nasal passages.

Sinus Pressure Points

1. Either Side of Your Nostrils

These are pressure points that are located on either side of the nostril. While applying pressure, press down both sides to drain mucus effectively and relieve pain.

2. Bridge of The Nose

2. Bridge of The Nose

This is the point where your nose connects to the ridge of your eyebrows. Activate this point by gently pressing in and upwards. This helps relieve pain in a more effective manner.

3. Between Eyes

3. Between Eyes

Above your nose and between your eyebrows at the point where your eyebrows meet. You can gently tap at this point or press downwards to release mucus more effectively.

4. Under Cheeks

4. Under Cheeks

This point is located directly until the pupil near the cheekbone. It is a tender point and apply gentle pressure when pressing around the regions of the cheekbone.

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3. Your nose bridge

Location: At the top of your nose where it joins t

Location: At the top of your nose where it joins the eyebrow ridge.

Directions: Press inwards and upwards simultaneously. It is possible to hold this pressure for up to 5 minutes. But first you should experiment with briefer periods.

Results: Many of us instinctively put pressure on this point when we have a headache, that is because this point helps relieve pressure behind your eyes. By doing so it can also wake your eyes up. 

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Why are sinus headaches and migraines confused for one another? 

So, the answer to the question, “Can you have sinus pressure but now congestion?” is: not likely. But you can have a migraine whether you’re congested or not, and this is where the main point of confusion arises.The root cause behind migraines is still up for debate. However the prevailing theory is that migraines are caused by neurological issues in the brain. Even so, the symptoms of sinus pressure can overlap with symptoms of a migraine. For example, patients suffering from either sinus pressure or migraines can experience drainage, watery eyes, and of course, facial pain. 

It is a commonly held belief that people who experience migraines have pain on the one side or the otherof their head. While this idea is true for many individuals, many others experience pain in their cheeks and forehead — ie, in the exact same place where you would experience sinus pressure. And some people experience sinus pressure on one side of their head.People who experience migraines also frequently claim that factors such as weather changes, allergies, and congestion can act as triggers (albeit not as causes) for their headaches — contributing factors also shared with sinus headaches.

Sinus Pain and Pressure Causes

There are different types of sinuses, each of which can cause different sinus pain symptoms. The images below show what causes sinus pressure in different areas of your face, neck and head and can be helpful to pinpoint relief or discuss with your doctor.



Ethmoid sinuses causes pain between the eyes and across the nose.


Maxillary sinuses causes pain in the cheeks, upper jaw or teeth.


Sphenoid sinuses causes pain behind the eyes, on the top of the scalp or along the back of the head.

How to use pressure points to relieve sinus pressure?

To relieve sinus pressure, one can try acupressure themselves. 

  • Sit in front of a mirror to locate the pressure points on the face.
  • Then, gently apply pressure on the points for at least 3 minutes. If you feel your fingers are not doing the job correctly, then you can use the eraser tip of a pencil.
  • For better results, repeat this a couple of times for a few days. 

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