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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.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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