Pressure Points That Can Calm a Headache

pressure point for headache relief

When a headache comes on, many sufferers are eager to get relief as soon as possible. Since headaches can come about at any inconvenient time, it is important to feel in control of your headache pain management without the need for medication. Holistic treatments, such as applying pressure to pressure points on the body, could help with your headaches. Continue reading to learn more about the pressure points that can help offer relief.


This pressure point is located between the eyebrows and can have a positive effect on headache symptoms. It is interesting to note that in the middle of a headache, many people will instinctually press on this section, especially during intense waves of pain. The Yintang is said to relieve headaches, especially sinus of frontal headaches. Applying pressure to this region can also help with stress, restlessness, and agitation — all of which can accompany headaches.

Pericardium 6

The pericardium 6 pressure point is located in the inner wrist, right near the base of the hand. During intense headaches or migraines, nausea and gastric distress also can manifest. Accessing the pericardium 6 pressure point can help relieve digestive symptoms such as these.

Large Intestine 6

Large intestine 6 is a pressure point said to offer headache, facial, and neck pain relief. This point is located on the hand between the index finger and thumb. This convenient location makes access easy and discreet when you need headache relief in public.

Stomach 36

Stomach 36 is located right below the knee. Much like Pericardium 6, massaging this pressure point during a headache or migraine can help with digestive issues that may arise during an attack.

How to Use Acupressure for Pain Relief

An advantage of acupressure (the application of pressure onto certain pressure points) is that it can be performed quickly and easily. The following steps can help you get the most out of acupressure:

  1. A headache that is just starting out may not come with many intense symptoms, such as nausea. In that case, you may only need the general headache relief that is associated with the Yintang pressure point, for example. Finding the right pressure point can help you with the right relief for your symptoms.
  2. After locating the pressure point, begin to massage it with steady pressure.
  3. It is often recommended that you rest and stay focused on your pressure points as you engage in the massage. Rest, especially in a quiet and dark environment, can help you feel better faster.

While acupressure can help with headache symptoms, it is important to get to the bottom of the headache pain. To learn more about your headache relief options, set up a consultation with Dr. Ivan Stein and Dr. Allan Stein by filling out the contact form or calling 855-TMJ-DOCS.