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10 DIY Self-Massage Tips For Headache Relief

Headaches are a very common problem for the majority of people, which may be why it is taken lightly as well. You need to understand that a headache; either chronic or random, has a negative impact on productivity levels and overall efficiency. It could be because of various reasons, this headache location chart would help you to identify the type of headache you have. While there are many medicinal ways to deal with a headache, self-massage is the best among them and has no side effects.

A massage not only alleviates headaches, but it can also reduce the levels of stress and increase your focus towards your goals.

In this article, we will give you some of the best tips that you can utilize to deal with chronic and random headaches.

DIY Tips: Self-Massage For Headache Pain Relief…

Following are the DIY techniques that you can use in order to get rid of a headache

  1. Temporal Massage– Massaging your temporal areas in a circular motion with the help of your fingertips can help in dealing with headaches. This increases the amount of blood supplied to the region and relaxes eye muscles. Carry out this massage twice a day for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Back of The Head– While dealing with headaches, gently pressing the back of the head (just above the neck) with the help of your thumbs can be really effective. Most of the stress that causes headaches gathers here. The pressure points lie horizontally to the earlobes on the back of the head. Make sure to apply constant pressure in a straight horizontal line reaching the other end of the head. You can also apply a headache balm on these points for more effective results.
  3. Oiling The Head– A gentle oil massage is considered to be most effective in Chinese and Indian traditions. Make sure to massage your head for around 20 minutes and the oil reaches your scalp effectively. If you are allergic to the smell of oil, you can add lavender oil to your standard oil. Apart from a pleasant fragrance, it is also helpful in reducing headaches.
  4. Cold-Related Headaches – Apart from a running nose and cough, a cold infection is characterized by severe headaches. While your doctor must have prescribed medicines to deal with this, a self-massage can help lessen the pain instantly. This technique involves applying pressure to three massage points on your face which include the inner side of the eyebrows, both sides of your nose bridge, and on the cheeks (horizontal to your nostrils). Start from the eyebrows and then come to the cheeks. Apply pressure with your thumbs for around 3-4 minutes and carry out this therapy for 4-5 days.
  5. Third Eye Massage– The point exactly between both eyebrows is known as the third eye. Applying pressure to this point in a circular motion with your index finger can help mitigate headache.
  6. Forehead Massage– Headache pain that resides in the frontal region and forehead is very painful. You can massage your forehead in order to get rid of this kind of headache. Place your entire hand on your forehead and apply pressure gently. You can also squeeze your forehead.
  7. Chin Massage– With the help of your both thumbs, you can massage the area just under your chin. Apply pressure on this area simultaneously with both thumbs for 3-4 minutes. This is a soft tissue area and is really helpful in dealing with a headache. It is a new technique, but research has shown that it is equally helpful.
  8. Shoulder and Neck Massage– A gentle self-massage on the shoulders and neck for 20 minutes can be effective. Most of the headaches occur due to stress and less blood flow to brain cells. Massaging these areas relaxes the nerves and capillaries found there. The blood supply in the brain improves and proper nourishment reduces strain.
  9. Pressure Point On The Hands– You can deal with a headache by simply working on the pressure point between your finger and index finger. Applying pressure with the help of your other thumb on this point for 2-3 minutes results in the release of endorphins from the brain which counter the headache. Do this on both of your hands for better results.
  10. Feet Massage– Your feet are like a key to pressure points within the body. You can massage the following points on your feet in order to get rid of headaches;
  • Three inches below the little toe on the outer side of your feet.
  • Space between the big toe and adjacent toe.
  • The upper area of the big toe.
  • Two inches below the creek between the big toe and index toe.

You can massage these points with the help of your thumb. A complete foot massage aimed at reducing headache usually takes 10-15 minutes.


It is possible that all of the above-mentioned techniques may not work for you. You can choose the one that suits you best. You can also use a tennis ball to apply pressure if you are unable to maintain a firm pressure with the hands. Please keep in mind that chronic headaches need continuous massage therapies. If you do not feel better after a couple of weeks, please consult your doctor for a medical examination. ♥

By Emily Matthew

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