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Massage Relieves Sinus Pressure And Nasal Congestion

Massage Relieves Sinus Pressure And Nasal Congestion

Both sinus pressure and nasal congestion can cause great discomfort to those who suffer from them. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal passages and can also affect other areas of the body including the throat, ears, teeth, and lungs. If not treated properly, it can lead to further problems such as respiratory, dental and ear infections. Nasal congestion is uncomfortable too. It makes it hard to breathe due to the lining of membranes caused by inflamed blood vessels and causes blockage or swelling of the nasal passages. Both these ailments can cause headaches, cough and congestion, fever, loss of smell, excess mucus as well as tenderness in the facial area which will decrease the quality of life of the sufferer.

Many over-the-counter medicines including decongestants or stronger solutions like antibiotics can help with symptoms of sinusitis and nasal congestion. But natural, holistic alternatives are very popular in relieving the pain and clearing the symptoms up. Practices such as acupuncture and steam inhalation are known to help but acupressure and massage therapy is something that has been studied closely by researchers and found to be beneficial when dealing with sinus pressure and nasal congestion.

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What Is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a technique known as a manual manipulation of muscular structure and body tissues to enhance a person’s health and well-being. It is recognised as one of the oldest methods of healing and is known to have been around for about 4000 years. There are various types of massage therapy that can focus on different areas of the body to aid health-related problems including deep tissue, lymphatic drainage and cranial sacral therapy. Acupressure concentrated on the facial area can be used for sinus and nasal problems in particular.

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How Does Massage Therapy Ease Sinus Pressure And Nasal Congestion?

Those with repeated bouts have probably tried a range of over-the-counter and prescription drugs for relieving their sinus discomfort. But since the conditions can last months at a time, massage therapy could be a better and more natural way to deal with the symptoms caused by sinus pressure and nasal congestion. The use of massage therapy for these ailments has been popular for centuries and studied have found its ability to help suffers with painful symptoms. Lymphatic drainage procedures can remove much of the congestive material from around the facial area relieving the build up of pressure in the sinus area. All massaging techniques aim to stimulate the muscles and soft tissues allowing a breakdown in any tension buildup. Once that pressure has been released, the body is able to get rid of any excess mucus from the nasal area allowing temporary relief for the sufferer. The decline of pressure also lightens the intensity of the pain, which in turn stops headaches and general pain found in the facial area.

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Where Can I Go To Get Massage Therapy?

It is possible to try massage therapy yourself by massaging the forehead, hairline, cheeks, and sinus area. One simple massage would consist of placing the thumb and forefinger on either hand on the sides of the bridge of the nose. Squeeze the bridge of the nose for one second, and then release the pressure for one second. Repeat this process ten to fifteen times. This will open the sinuses for proper drainage. Massaging above and below the eyes will break up congestion as well.

Although trying massage therapy yourself can give short-term relief, visiting a professional therapist will be more beneficial in the long-run as they are certified in knowing the best approaches in facial massage. In a professional session with sinus massage, acupressure, lymphatic drainage and cranial sacral therapy, massage therapists can bring welcome relief to the pain caused especially by sinus problems. Make sure you visit a well-known, certified therapist and make sure they explain to you beforehand what the massage therapy will involve.

Featured photo credit: rhythmuswege via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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