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.

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  • 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.

    • Siberianhuskybud The Grey Wolf

      number 4 made my nose dribble everywhere lol
      it wouldn’tstop after it started, butit felt great after it was done

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

        Wow, it looks like you had a great reaction. That pressure point can be unbearable for some people. I’m happy you found luck with it!

  • 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?

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

      Hi Kathy, sorry I haven’t replied sooner. Sinusitis can definitely cause swelling and discomfort around the jaw. It sounds like you may have blocked Eustachian tubes. Check out a post I made about clearing Eustachian tubes here: http://www.sinuspressurepoints.com/clear-eustachian-tubes

  • 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!!!

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

      Hey Tammy, you’re welcome. #3 is a great pressure point and one of the most natural we have when it comes to pain and allergies!

  • Vanessa Orange

    Hi. I tried everyone of these pressure points and #4 and I hope I did correctly my face felt numb for awhile. Is that common?

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

      Hi Vanessa, point #4 is probably one of the most painful points for many people and it can really feel like the face is shifting about. If you’re getting a lot of pain, you might feel a little disorientated a numb after pressing on it, especially if you’ve been pressing for a while. I have experienced tingling and numbness on occasion in the past. If it doesn’t continue I wouldn’t be alarmed. You might also feel it around the eyes if you lift up as the entire cheek feels like it is moving and freeing up space. It’s a pretty powerful pressure point.

  • Suzy C

    Hi, I’ve got slight hayfever, postnasal drip and a general feeling of pressure in my head but most strangely a vein or something in my right temple keeps jiggling and twitching for 2 days non-stop now – could this be sinus related too?

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

      Hi Suzy,

      Sorry for not getting back to you earlier. Hopefully your sinus problems and the pesky vein has resolved itself. Allergies could indeed have been a cause of the vein in your head though it is likely nothing to concern yourself with. A friend of mine has a similar thing happen with his hayfever.

  • Liz Strause

    I just found this site & used the points. I am going through a raw food detox and have been having some real sinus issues, I have them chronically, but tonight they were extra painful. I went through all the points, got a runny nose & the pain is about 85% gone. THANK YOU so very much. I thank you and my Polish nose thanks you as well.

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

      Hi Liz! That’s fantastic. detox can bring out a lot of waste and it looks like it did in your case. I’m really happy the points worked for you!

  • john

    Hi I have head aches on my eyebrows sometimes either sides what can i do to get cured also i hv allergy /colds with nose blocks plz help.

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

      Hi John,

      When these headaches start to come on, boil some water, sit over it with a towel over your head and use pressure point #4, #1 and #3. In addition to that, try pressing up along the the underside of the eyebrow ridge and then massage the temple area slowly.

  • Mike Hill

    Wow, these feel great when you press them. How many times should you really do this?

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

      Hi Mike, these points can be pushed daily even when not experiencing discomfort. As a TCM doctor repeatedly told me, push them every day until they longer cause pain. Another way of looking at it is simply to keep some maintenance with the points checking every now and then if they are giving you pain, which might let you know something is up even before it breaks out. When you have sinusitis, simply pushing the points alone may not be enough, but you can usually push them long enough (it will depend on the person) to clear you at least temporarily. Sometimes they are enough their own. Try to cycle through the points, noting which are the most painful. Focus on those points and repeat as often as you need to.

      Hope that helps Mike

  • Usha

    Hi, I have chronic sinus on the left side of my nose. I am put on nasal spay and montec. i do steam sometimes. Even with it the sinus does not clear. My left ear is also blocked most of the times. I have tried the pressure points mentioned by you. All i get is pain all over my face but no relief. Can you please suggest on any other ways of draining it?

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

      Hi Usha,

      I would suggest if the nasal sprays are giving you no relief then the problem likely won’t be fixed simply with continued use. With the pressure points, if they are giving you a lot of pain, that is a big indicator that you should continue to press them. Depending on how long your left ear has been blocked up, you may have Eustachian tube blockage. I wrote a post on that which you can find here: http://www.sinuspressurepoints.com/clear-eustachian-tubes. Try getting yourself a nasal irrigation system. I recommend one in the post I just sent you to. It was a post specifically written about Eustachian tubes but nasal and sinus irrigation is a fantastic way to clear out blockages that have become chronic and unresponsive. You will have to stick with the irrigation for some time as it won’t be a one day treatment. I hope that helps Usha. Let us know how it goes!

      • Usha

        Thank you. For the response. Will keep you posted on the progress.


  • Dale Pierson

    I have been having some problems for almost a decade now that progressively get worse.
    I’m almost always hearing “under water”. I tilt my head but no liquid sounds but if I shake my head while tilted I can hear just a bit of something. My nose usually dry but it feels clogged but its not. My left nostril is usually more affected.
    It literally feels like peanut butter is in my sinuses. These points feel good when pressed but there is little to no relief.
    Advice? Ideas?
    Please respond.
    Thank you.

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

      Hi Dale,

      It sounds like your Eustachian tubes are blocked up and you likely have a lot of gunk just sitting in your sinuses just pumping out more toxins. It’s a pretty awful situation and one that a lot of typical medicine just do anything about. Check out this page: http://www.sinuspressurepoints.com/clear-eustachian-tubes as I had a similar problem for a long time. I’m currently writing a book and action plan on how to performa a short and long term recovery from all sinus issues, including in your case. For now, try one month of a totally raw food diet, no dairy, distilled water and no sugar as well as daily nasal irrigation with goldenseal root. That might seem really extreme but we want to kill all of the mucus factors that exist in your body and create an environment where your body sees no need to produce more mucus. This is just the tip of the iceberg but simply doing that can drastically help you. Let me know how it goes.

      Take care Dale

      • Dale Pierson

        Thank you. I will be trying this immediately.
        Curious…could sinus pressure cause chronic joint pain in shoulders, neck, head and teeth?
        Since this came about I’ve developed rapid tooth decay. Sometimes if I stretch my neck just right I can feel it pulling on my teeth?
        This sounds like maybe a trip to the chiropractor as well.

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

          Hey Dale,


          1. Your posture can affect how your sinuses work. Try standing up straight. Clench you buttocks, suck in your lower abdominals, imagine your head being pulled to the sky and now drop your arms down to your side and rotate your hands outwards. Your thumbs will almost be facing backwards. Now relax your hands and keep the squeeze in the upper back to hold your shoulders in place.
          2. Dental work is a huge cause of sinus problems. Bacteria can move about up through the teeth into the maxillary sinuses. From the sounds of it, you might have bacteria sitting in there pumping out toxins constantly. I would see a dentist. I was going to mention that in my previous post actually so thank you for bringing it up.

  • SunnyHuny1

    I’m not sure if I have headaches from my chronic sinusitis or tension headaches but I need help! I have pain all the way across my eyebrow ridge, in my temples, under my eyes and on the back of my head where my skull meets my neck. I’ll hopefully be having a balloon sinuplasty done soon but in the meantime have 2 little boys and I need some relief.

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

      Hey there,

      Okay, so one thing that can work for this is to tap point #1 for around about a minute increasing the intensity. From there hold point #3 for around about a minute. Then press upwards along the brow ridge underneath your eyebrows pressing upwards all the way out and along until you hit the corner of your eye. Press the outside of the eye corner. for around 15 – 30 seconds. From there, go back to point 1 again for another 30 seconds and then get both thumbs and press hard on the brows and move it outwards a couple of times and then rub the temples with you thumbs using circular movements for another minute or so. You can also start some nasal irrigation. I would suggest using an antibacterial agent such as goldenseal root in the nasal irrigation. Let me know how it goes 😀

  • Joel Betancourt

    Ive never had a Sinus infection before but apparently i had one for a month and a half and didn’t even know it. I took AMOX for 2 weeks and i felt some pressure relieved from behind my eyes. at the time i was battling sleep deprivation due to adrenal fatigue. Multiple things were going on at once and and the pressure behind my eyes would not let me sleep at night. I’m still having trouble concentrating and my eyes feel out of focus. I’m getting headaches in my forehead and temples. When i close my eyes to go to bed i feel like my eyes can’t settle in one spot and relax and as soon as i start to drift my eyes move and i have to start the process all over again. My sense of smell is off and im having trouble drifting off to sleep to where the only thing that is helping is xanax. Im not taking it for anxiety , just to help put me to sleep. the sleep medications like ambien or temazapram were not working. just wondering if my sinuses could be involved in all this. Im not one to take medications for sleeping or anything else for that matter.

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

      Hi Joel,

      I really feel for you. Have you been diagnosed by a doctor? We have a book almost finished that should hopefully help a lot with your situation regardless of the source. It could certainly be sinus related, however, I would get yourself a proper professional opinion. Pressure points alone are probably not the answer. However, to calm you down without medicine at night you can try taping a chick pea (or any round seed) to point #1. There is a point not listed here (though it will be in the book – sorry I have no photo at the moment) that could really help. Feel along to about the middle of the eyebrow or just above the pupil when looking forward. There is a little ridge that runs down the center of the brow. At the top of that ridge is an indentation. You will be able to feel it and you will know you have found it when you press in. Press both. You might feel like vomiting and you may feel the pressure moving outwards along your forehead. Keep at it until you feel all the pain go away. It’s a nice one as you can just sit there with your hands on a table for a while.

      I’ll try to get the book out ASAP as it will include a 30 day action plan that involves a lot more than sinus pressure points. It’s just been too much info to put into the website.

      Good luck Joel!

  • Amy

    I am so much pain, I’m at a total loss of what to do. I took two weeks worth of antibotics almost a month ago and it’s just getting progressively worse. I have had three surgies in the past to remove polups but I don’t remember it being this bad. I can’t move my head. It feels like there is a tree growing between my eyes that is sticking its roots into every pore around my nose and eye. No matter if i lay still or move, it’s so painful. I have no nasual drip. Only incredibly painful pressure around my eyes and upper bridge of my nose. Please, i don’t know what to do

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

      Hi Amy,

      That’s awful! What is your diet like at the moment? I would suggest nasal irrigation asap and start with a totally anti-inflammatory diet. We have a book coming out very soon. Unfortunately it’s not ready just yet. I’m not sure if you have tried all of the points, but you can also press the point that I suggested for Joel just below. To get pressure way down through irrigate and eat only anti-inflammatory foods. Because I don’t know your diet it’s hard to say but cut all dairy and sugar asap. I’ll let you know when the book is ready as well! Get some steam in you as well! If you haven’t already, get the emergency sinus remedies. I believe you’ll see a little box where you can find it! Good luck!

  • Ekta Minocha

    Hi. Is your book completed. I would like to buy it.

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

      Hi Ekta! It will be ready very soon! Thank you for the interest.

  • Sue

    Do you have recommendations for pressure points to do with blocked eustachian tubes, as well as blocked frontal sinuses, please?