As I write this, I am on the tail end of a migraine. However, I am eager to update what I am finding to be helpful with acupressure. In the last two days, I have found a modified use for a technique I posted here and here as well as a new product that has been beneficial.
Originally, I had posted that I used a scarf, a small washcloth, and a rubber ball to apply pressure to the daith region of my ear. I no longer use the washcloth because it just hasn’t been necessary, and I find it easier to get the ball in place while I’m struggling with pain. What I found during the migraine that is now ending is that there may be a better location for me than the daith. Last night, I palpated my skull around the back of my ear and found an extremely tender spot. Rubbing it with my finger felt strangely comforting, so I tried placing the ball at that location with the scarf and went to sleep. After a few hours, I woke up with much less pain!
My other acupressure find is this ball which I originally purchased to relieve pain in the arches of my feet. It definitely works for that, but I have been using it the past couple of days to relieve pain due to my migraine as well. When I have a migraine, the muscles in my neck and back get increasingly painful as the migraine wears on. I find myself attempting to rub them with my fingertips or seek massages from family members. Both are difficult to do. It is a struggle for me to use my fingers long enough to do any good while I’m in so much pain anyway, and family members aren’t always available. However, I easily rolled this ball back and forth over my neck muscles with the palm of my hand while resting in bed. The nubs are firm and get into the right places, even more so than fingertips do. I also relieved my upper back pain by rolling over onto the ball. This doesn’t make the migraine go away, but my overall suffering is reduced!
I would love to know if any of you have found acupressure to be helpful. Please feel free to comment below.