Sometimes you can get caught without your medicines, or want to try to relieve migraine stress without using medicine altogether. One way of quickly treating a migraine, is to use acupressure on various parts of your body, in order to relieve or lessen migraine pain. Acupressure is a safe way that you can treat yourself at any time and in any place.
Acupressure uses the same bodily areas as acupuncture without using needles. The force of your fingers is used to alleviate pain, reduce symptoms, promote healing and may improve organ performance. The pads of the fingers and thumbs is used to apply the pressure.
Force on an acupressure point is added slowly and directly to the point and then steadily increased until a firm amount is applied without pain. Never use enough pressure on a point that hurts and may trigger the increase of pain. Generally, force is applied to a pressure point until you feel some relief, or for not more than one minute at a time. Some points work better for some, than for others. Experiment with different acupressure points and their order, to develop a routine that works for you.
There are many more acupressure points in the body, but here are a few that help in relieving migraine pain.
The fleshy part in the web of the hand between the thumb and forefinger is one of the best known acupressure points. Apply pressure using the thumb and forefinger of the opposing hand until relief is felt or for a minute. Then switch hands and repeat. You may repeat the procedure on each hand many times as needed.
Two more points are positioned in the upper area of the neck. Locate these points by beginning in the middle of the neck at the base of the skull and moving sideways. Place your thumbs or forefinger knuckle into the indentation located one to two inches on either side of the skull and near it's base. Force should be applied in and up at the same time.
Here are a few links to sites with acupressure information;