Sinus pressure is the result of an irritated or inflamed sinus cavity. The sinuses are a sensitive cavities located behind the eyes and nose and are easily irritated from allergies, environmental pollution and the common cold. Sinus pressure can be very annoying, causing fatigue, pain and discomfort throughout the neck and head. Although there are many medications on the market to relieve sinus pressure, they can make you drowsy and have other adverse side effects. Medication often may not fully clear up the pressure, so knowing the natural tapping method could come in handy.
When the sinuses are inflamed, they swell, pressing on the roof of the mouth, the rear of the eyes and the inner eardrum, causing pain and discomfort. The tapping method addresses the primary areas where pressure is most likely to build up and helps the body naturally release the trapped air that is causing the pressure. The tapping method may have varied levels of effectiveness depending on where the pressure is and how severe it is.
Prepare the sinus cavity by having someone place his hand on the back of your head. Have him take his other hand and press on your forehead with a lot of force. Have him slowly press harder and harder and then release gently. This will help to release any pressure that has built up in the upper levels of the sinus cavity. Repeat this 5 times before taking a rest. If the pressure persists continue this method until there is relief.
Take your index fingers and place them on your temples. Slowly begin tapping, while moving your finger down your face, following your check bones. Once you reach the nose, continue to tap for 10 seconds and then follow your cheekbone back up to your temples. You can tap as hard or soft as you feel comfortable with. The most important part of the tapping is keeping a consistent rhythm.
The tapping method to relieve sinus pressure is always effective to one degree or another. By tapping on and around the sinus cavity, you are helping the trapped air escape, which will relieve any pain or discomfort from the pressure. When the pressure is relieved, the mucus build-up will also have space to flow, causing the sinus cavity to drain, providing more relief.
If you are in severe pain or are experiencing bloody discharge from the nose or severe migraine headaches, you should seek medical assistance immediately. The tapping method is intended for common, everyday sinus pressure, not chronic medical conditions. If sinus pressure persists for more than 14 days, talk to your doctor about other methods to help with the sinus pressure.