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Headaches are a pain. Unfortunately, they are one of the most common symptoms. There are many different possible causes for a headache. These range from overworking your brain to quitting caffeine. Whatever the cause for your particular headache, there are a few home remedies that you can use to help ease the pain. One of these home remedies involves pressure points for a headache. In this article, you will find out a few common causes of headaches and how you can use pressure points for a headache to help reduce the pain. 

Causes of a Headache

Though some headaches are an indication of a serious underlying problem, most headaches are the result of common everyday occurrences. Below are a few examples: 

  • Sinus Infection
  • Dehydration
  • Consuming too much salt or MSG
  • Anxiety 
  • Hangover
  • Muscle Tension
  • Caffeine Addiction
  • Overuse and lack of sleep
  • Head injury

The medical world puts headaches into two categories. Primary headaches are headaches that are not a symptom of any underlying condition. They are simply a standalone headache. On the other hand, secondary headaches are a symptom of another condition. Please keep in mind while reading that the pressure points for a headache are not meant to treat the underlying condition behind a secondary headache. Instead, they are meant to relieve the pain of the headache itself. Scientists are unsure about what causes primary headaches. However, simply put, headaches happen when nerve receptors and sensitive muscles in the skull become irritated. In the case of secondary headaches, this normally happens because inflammation or swelling pushes on these muscles in the head. In primary headaches, it is unknown what initially triggers this pain response.  

Pressure Points for a Headache

Pressure points for a headache originated from Acupressure. Acupressure is the practice of manipulating certain nerve channels in the body to relieve pain and even improve health. It has been around for hundreds of years. Oddly enough, most of the pressure points for a headache are in your hand. 

End of the Finger Pressure Points for a Headache 

The first pressure point for a headache is located at the end of your pointer finger. On either hand, extend your pointer finger. With the other hand, pinch the end of your finger with a point of contact on both sides of your nail bed. Apply this pressure for about ten seconds. You can do this on both hands and repeat the cycle until your headache pain is relieved.  See the video above for a more detailed description. 

Finger Webbing Pressure Points for a Headache 

The second pressure point for a headache is probably one that you have heard of before. Spread out the fingers on either hand to locate the webbing between your fingers. Starting with the webbing between your thumb and pointer finger, pinch the webbing with your other hand. If it helps, you can gently pulse your grip. Do this with the webbing between all of your other fingers. When you are finished with the first hand, do the same on your other hand.  See the video above for more details. 

Pressure Points for a Headache Photo by Luis Quintero on Unsplash
Photo by Luis Quintero on Unsplash

Top of the Head Pressure Point for a Headache

The third pressure point for a headache is located on the top of your head. This pressure point is particularly good for migraines. On the top of your head you should feel a small dip where the crown of your head and the rest of your skull meet. This point is typically softer than the rest of your skull. Gently massage this point the next time you are experiencing a migraine. 

Shoulder Pressure Points for a Headache

This point is located on the shoulder muscle halfway between the spin and shoulder on each side. Locate this point and apply pressure to relieve your headache. 

Base of the Skull Pressure Points for a Headache

Not surprisingly, one of the most effective pressure points for a headache can be found at the base of your skull. To find this point, follow your spin to the base of your skull and then on either side, find the point that is about two inches away from your spine along the base. Gently apply pressure to this point while relaxing to relieve your headache. 


Acupressure along with relaxation and deep breathing can be an effective way to relieve the annoying pain of headaches. Use these pressure points regularly until your pain subsides. Always consult your doctor if you feel that your headache is a symptom of a serious condition. Nonetheless, I hope this article helped you find some useful pressure points for a headache. Leave a comment below if you decided to try any of them.