Sinus Congestion headaches are horrible! If you are feeling extremely congested, and don’t want or can’t take medications, this is a fantastic lymphatic drainage massage especially if you are suffering from:
- nasal congestion
- stuffy nose
- sinus pain and pressure
Massage Yourself: Sinus Congestion and Drainage Relief
In her article Drain Your Head and Breath Heather explains the benefits of this massage in full, and most importantly the list of contraindications.
Here is an excerpt from Heather’s article:
Contraindications for Lymphatic Drainage Massage
While it doesn’t feel invasive or deep, LDM can have a profound effect on the body because of its function within the immune system and its use of the circulatory system. If you have any of these conditions or problems, consult your physician before performing this on yourself:
- Fever, acute infection, early onset inflammatory disease. It would help if you waited until the acute phase is over and the fever is broken.
- Circulatory system problems, especially thrombosis. If there is any risk of embolism of phlebitis, do not use LDM and see your physician immediately
- Cardiac issues such as heart disease, acute angina pectoris or coronary thrombosis (heart attack). Using LDM increases the fluid load on the heart, and compromised cardiac systems should not be subjected to LDM.
- Active bleeding, internal or external.
- Active malignant cancers, undiagnosed lumps, or tumors whose origins have not been determined by your physician.
- High-risk pregnancy or late-term pregnancy with complications.
It may take several sessions to get rid of the congestion (fluid moving). Reasonable indications that the fluid is moving are: needing to swallow drainage, ears draining change in pressure in the head, tickle in the throat, ears popping, and/or sound changes.
This method absolutely works– I have used it and recommended it for years for sinus congestion, sinus headaches, and even when someone in my family comes down with a cold. Ever since I found heather’s video it’s been a staple in my household. According to the author, this method helps about 75% of her patients.
It is a must-try for sinus infection sufferers when dealing with colds or any congestion.
You may also go into a steam bath or you can DIY at home. Before you take a shower, run the hot water, then add a few drops of euccalyptus, peppermint or tea tree oil to the floor (this kit has them all). Then get in and inhale the steam. Alternatively, you can use an essential oils diffuser overnight or in a room you will be spending time.
You may also try this natural remedy to help you get rid of colds of the flu effectively and fast.
Remember to bundle up and rest, rest rest. The key here is to boost immunity.
Thanks for your sinus massage video. I will definitely try it. My sinuses are compacted and I’ve been told that I need to have a procedure done, but DRs are reluctant because I am 87 yrs old. I get terrific sinus headaches every evening around 5 or 6 pm. Any suggestions you might have will be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for the video. Any limit on how many times a day this should be done?
You are welcome! I am sorry to hear about your sinus headaches, they can be debilitating. What procedure is it your doctors are referring to? First, I’d encourage you to remove all dairy and sugars from your diet (that includes carbs which turn into sugar).Then start an anti-inflammatory diet.
Second, try steam baths either in the shower or tub, and use a warm wet face towel on your eyes and sinus area, that should help loosen up the mucus. Finally, diffuse essential oils such as eucalyptus, tea tree, and peppermint which will loosen up the compacted mucus. You can also apply tea tree oil around the sinus area and forehead (remember to use a carrier oil with EOs).
I am not sure why you are getting these headaches late in the afternoon– I am thinking food allergies? Do you have any allergies to foods and if not, I’d suggest you to get tested for allergies.
No there is no limit to self-drainage massage, as far as I am concerned. As usual, listen to your body and it’ll guide you.
Do let me know how it goes.
Hope this helps and do you feel relief soon.
To your best health,
Many thanks for the advice! Headaches have been fewer, massage, hot towels, etc have helped.
You are welcome! Oh wow that’s great to hear John. I am so happy to know that the tips within the article have helped you. Yay! Keep me posted.