Facial Pressure Points

When learning how to relieve sinus pressure, these are the main pressure points you will focus on. These points have fancy names, like “drilling bamboo” and “flowery powderpuff heaven blah blah”, and also scientific names, like “G7″  etc… but we’ll skip those and use my names.

Sinus Pressure Points On The Face

The face has a number of points. I’ll show you the pictures first and then try to explain how it works and what you can expect when pressing or massaging the pressure point.

Pressure Point 1: In Between Your Eyes

You can press or tap this point.

You can press or tap this point.

Located just above the bridge of the nose, in between your eyebrows, you will be able to feel the ridges of the eyebrows come together. That is the point you’re going to be accessing.

You can press this point or tap it for around a minute. It has the effect of helping the mucus to secrete properly, preventing the sinuses drying up and becoming inflamed. It is also a great point to press for preventing colds and rhinitis. If you want a great night’s sleep get a small plastic or glass bead and tape it to this point. It helps you to calm down and lets you drift off to sleep. If, like me you have trouble switching off at night, it’s a great thing to do. It can also help to relieve pressure in the frontal sinuses.

Pressure Point 2: Either Side Of The Nostrils

Press here with your index fingers in and towards the nose

Press here with your index fingers in and towards the nose.

Located just to the side of the nostril, press both sides down at the same time. It will help the sinuses to drain more effectively and is fantastic for relieving pain in behind the cheeks. Use two fingers and press against these points with your fingers at 90 degrees to the face.

This is a great point for relieving pressure from the Maxillary Sinuses and it helps to improve circulation in the area. Pressing this point regularly also helps to prevent respiratory illnesses.

Pressure Point 3: Bridge Of The Nose

Press with the index fingers at the very top of the nose.

Press with the index fingers at the very top of the nose.

These points are located at the very top of the nose, just at the point where the nose connects to the ridge of the eyebrows.

To activate this point, press in and upwards. I like to press this point for around 5 minutes, but that might be a little long for some of you. You will notice that this is the point you naturally try to press when you have sinus headaches and sure enough, it plays a big part in relieving pressure behind the eyes due to sinusitis and other conditions in the Frontal, Sphenoid and Ethmoid Sinuses. This point also helps to “wake the eyes up” and take some of the pressure off the eyes.

Note: You can experiment pressing the points along the edge of the nose right down to the nostril pressure points. The entire area will likely be sensitive in the case of sinus problems.

Pressure Point 4: Under The Cheeks

Press in and upwards

Press in and upwards.

Located almost directly beneath the pupil, this point can be found by tracing the path underneath the cheek until you find a tender point. The point will likely be quite tender when pressing in and upwards again the cheek.

This point is probably my favourite as it seems to shift the entire face and lead to a pressure release from all of the sinuses as well at the eustachian tubes. It is a fantastic point if you’re experiencing pain or pressure in the Maxillary Sinuses or any pain at all around the cheek area, or even inside the mouth, a toothache for example.

Pressure Point 5: The Philtrum (this is the actual name)

Press into the groove and upwards to activate the point.

Press into the groove and upwards to activate the point.

This is a spot many of you will know. It’s located just under the nose. There is a little groove that you can feel on your upper lip. To activate this point press in and upwards against the base of the nose.

This point is great if you’re about to sneeze or you feel allergies coming on. You can effectively stop them pressing on this point for long enough. After just a few seconds, if you’re clogged up, you’ll feel you sinuses begin to drain down the back of your throat as well.

Pressure Point 6: Eyebrows

This point or rather, area, is located along the ridge of the eyebrow. An old shiatsu technique places pressure along this ridge. Press upwards with your thumbs and slowly move outwards. It’s a great pressure point for relieving pressure behind the eyes.

Check out the sinus pressure points on the neck, arms and hands and legs and feet.

  • Dublin Male

    52 yr old.male. Clogged nose. I found number 2 either side of nostrils to work really well.

    • http://www.sinuspressurepoints.com Sinus Pressure Points

      Yeah, those points can work very well to drain a blocked nose. You can try the same technique on the outside of the nose at different points along the bridge of the nose.

  • Lim M K

    Thank you so much , I am trying it out as I am suffering from sinus on and off

    • http://www.sinuspressurepoints.com Sinus Pressure Points

      You’re very welcome. These pressure points can work really well for intermittent sinus problems. Hopefully they will be able to keep you off nasal sprays and other medication.

      • Lisa Goulding

        Hi. Thanks for these. I have had infected sinuses for around 5 days now and my ears are really blocked with it. The one at the sides of the nose and under the nose at the bottom really helped drainage. Do you have any that would help Eustachian tube drainage to try and get the pressure in my ears back to normal so I can hear normally again? Thanks.

        • http://www.sinuspressurepoints.com Sinus Pressure Points

          Hey Lisa,

          I had the same problem with my Eustachian tubes. I guess you get the popping noise whenever you move your jaw around? Perhaps a little tinnitus? I wrote a post specifically about Eustachian tubes here: http://www.sinuspressurepoints.com/clear-eustachian-tubes

          They can be really difficult to get back to normal, but the water pulse machine worked wonders for me. Just keep your jaw forward as you use it so that your ET opens up and allows the water in.

          Also, try Pressure Point Number 4 and push up and in all the way along the cheek ridge. When you get to the temple area, you can also push down from the top of the ridge. I’ve found that to help with mild cases if it comes back.

  • Christine

    I don’t have nasal problems now, i have sinus face pressure. Front forehead achey, my gums/teeth all throbbin. I always get this, don’t want to take any more meds tonight. Not sure massaging these pressure points will work??

    • http://www.sinuspressurepoints.com Sinus Pressure Points

      Hey Christine, for your forehead, try pressure points 1, 3 and 6. For your gum and tooth pain, try pressure point number 4. This will likely hurt a lot but press in and up until the pain subsides. For tooth aches, you can also press underneath your jaw bone about an inch from the corner of your jaw. You will feel a painful solid point. Push on that until pain subsides.

      Also, if pain continues and spreads into the head more, try pressure point number 2 here: http://www.sinuspressurepoints.com/pressure-point-locations/neck-and-head-pressure-points and also pressure point number 2 here: http://www.sinuspressurepoints.com/pressure-point-locations/arms-and-hands-pressure-points if the pain gets too great.

      Try to press these points in the shower or with your head underneath a towel over a bowl of hot water to let steam rise into the sinuses. Simultaneously it can really be effective in relieving sinus pressure.

      Let me know how it goes Christine. Good luck.

  • Michaela Ruddy

    Hi i just had 4 i hour long sinus drainage sessions done to no avail, i’m just the same as i was! please advise on how long to apply pressure to the above points and how often to do it thanks.

    • http://www.sinuspressurepoints.com Sinus Pressure Points

      Hi Michaela,

      What were you doing for your sinus drainage sessions and have you been able to isolate the main areas of congestion? These facial pressure points can be fantastic to encourage drainage, but depending on your condition you may have infection simply sitting in there.

      • Michaela Ruddy

        Thanks for the suggestion of infection, i started taking solpa-sinus to see if this improves me!
        The sessions were pressing the pressure points on my face for a second and pinching all up the sides of my neck, the neck on 1 side had been very hard prior to the sessions and now it feels normal again, so perhaps this was the root problem area ?
        sorry for the delay i had wifi problems ;0)

        • http://www.sinuspressurepoints.com Sinus Pressure Points

          Sounds good. You can get a lot of the benefits from Solpa-Sinus by drinking Ma Huang, also known as Ephedra Sinensis. I’m living in China so can just pop down to my local pharmacy but you should be able to get it at a Chinese health food store or online. It’s 100 percent natural and the tea can be great for the sinuses.

          • Michaela Ruddy

            Thank you, i will give the tea a try also ;0)

  • Jay C

    Does anyone have good techniques to relive pressure causing tinnitus in the L ear secondary to motor vehicle accident several months ago?

    • http://www.sinuspressurepoints.com Sinus Pressure Points

      Tinnitus is horrible. You could try blasting out the pressure as it’s most likely caused some Eustachian tube dysfunction. Check out this post here: http://www.sinuspressurepoints.com/clear-eustachian-tubes. I’ve put a link in that post to a machine that helped clear out my tubes.

  • kathy lynn salas

    Is it common to have a mildly swollen jaw when you have sinusitis? I don’t have antibiotics yet but I may have infection. Also, my ears are clogged without taking allergy meds and i hear a click sound when I move my head left and right. What can help?

  • Tammy Lewis

    Thank you so much for this!! I’m so tired of relying on medication for my sinus pain that comes with seasonal allergies & sinusitis… #3 worked so well for the sinus pressure & pain!!!
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!