Have you ever experienced such severe eye strain that you cannot focus on your work?
Have you ever experienced tired and heavy eyes one way or anotherpress
Are you thinking of addressing your eye strain problem by learning to press on acupressure points?
There must be a lot of people who suffer from eye strain due to lengthy use of personal computers and smart-phones etc.
You can relieve such eye strain with pressing on acupressure points!
So, today, here in this article, you will learn acupressure points and how to press on these points to relieve eye strain that many people suffer from.
1. Seven Acupressure Points to Relieve Your Eye Strain
Here are seven acupressure points that are considered to be effective in relieving eye strain.
I recommend that you follow a continual orbital flow of movement pressing on each of the seven points whenever your eyes feel strained since almost all the points are located around the eyes.
You can complete the whole process of acupressure in about five to ten minutes even if you are pressing on all of the points.
This is a well-known acupressure point for relieving eye strain.
Perhaps a lot of people may find themselves pressing on this area unconsciously whenever they have eye strain.
This point is said to be effective not only for the relief of eye strain but also for the relief of any eye trouble in general.
Location: This point is located at both sides of the bridge of your nose in the depression just above the inner canthus.
How to press: Put your thumb and index finger over the bridge of your nose touching the two Seimei points. Put vertical pressure towards your nose bridge.
Make sure that you press towards your nose bridge, not towards your eyeball.
This is an acupressure point at inner ends of your eyebrows.
This point is said to be effective for the relief of eye strain, stress and headaches, and also of presbyopia and sleepiness.
It is also effective for beauty care such as eliminating the puffiness in face and eyes.
Location: This point is located in the shallow depression that you will find at inner ends
How to press:Put both of your thumbs on the two Sanchiku points and press them with gentle upwards movement. You can use both of your index fingers, instead of thumbs. Choose whichever is easy to use.
This is an acupressure point which is said to be effective for the relief of eye strain, for eliminating puffy eyes and drooping eyelids, and for headaches as well as for presbyopia.
Location: This point is located at the middle position of arch of your eyebrow directly above the pupil. You’ll find it by following your eyebrow bone starting from the Sanchiku point (2).
How to press: Put the balls of your thumb on the two Gyoyho points vertically and push them upwards. Take care not to press too hard since these points quickly and instantly transmit the pressing stimulation.
This is an acupressure point which is said to be effective for relieving eye strain and migraines, and recovering eyesight, etc.
This helps you to recover after long and intense use of your eye. So if you stimulate this point once every hour, it will prevent the accumulation of fatigue.
It also helps you to ease the tension, and to feel refreshed in mind.
Location:This point is located in the depression that you will find at the end of eyebrows.
How to press: Put the balls of your index finger on the points and press them with less strength. Take care not to press too hard since this is a tender spot.
This is an acupressure point which is said to be effective for ameliorating blurred vision, relieving headaches caused by eye strain, and for presbyopia.
If you keep pressing the Taiyo point, you will be free from eye troubles. That is why this acupressure point is sometimes called “eye doctor killer”.
Location: This point is located in an area just outside the middle point between the end of eyebrows and outer canthus. You will find it on the edge of the bone.
How to press: Put the balls of your index finger on the right and left Taiyho points supported by your middle and third fingers.
This is an acupressure point which is said to be effective for relieving eye strain, blurred vision, puffiness around eyes and the like.
It is good for improving blood circulation around your eyes and for helping to eliminate fine wrinkles, dark circles under your eyes and drooping eye lids.
Location:This point is located right underneath the pupils when you are facing the front. You will find it directly below the pupils on the infraorbital ridge bone.
How to press: Close your eyes, and bend the second joints of your index, middle and third fingers and place them so that the middle finger touches Syhokyu. Press the bone downward with the middle finger.
*Don’t put pressure in the direction of the eyes. Don’t hook your finger onto the inside bone below the eyes.
This is an acupressure point on the back of head, effective for relieving eye strain, stiff neck and shoulder due to eye strain, headaches, and insomnia.
It is also said to be effective for the initial symptoms of a cold.
Location:This point is located at the nape of the neck just above the hairline. You will find it in the depression outside of thick center neck muscles by two fingers.
How to press: Put the balls of your thumb on Foochi points and push towards the center of head in a squeezing motion.
2. How to press on the right acupressure points and the key factors for pressing them around the eyes
Now, let’s learn how to press on the right acupressure points and the key factors in pressing on acupressure points around the eyes.
The acupressure points around the eyes are very sensitive compared with other acupressure points.
In addition to the normal ways to press on acupressure points, there are some other factors that we need to be careful about.
Make sure that you understand the following items in this Part 2 before you start pressing on acupressure points.
2-1. How to press on acupressure points correctly
It is important that you press on acupressure points in a correct way.
If you press in a wrong way, you may not find the results satisfactory. So let’s stimulate points in a correct way, making sure you understand the basic method which I am going to explain now.
■ Make sure your hands are clean before you start.
The points around the eyes are located near the eye balls and some germs are likely to find their way into your eyes.
Before you start to press, make sure your hands are clean.
■ Press on acupressure points vertically.
The basic technique is to stimulate each point with the ball of your fingers in a vertical way.
Be careful not to use the tip of your fingers since your fingernails might hurt yourself or excess force may be applied.
■ Apply the adequate pressure so that you feel you are moderately stimulated.
Stimulate points with such pressure that you feel comfortable.
When it comes to your eyes, however, be careful not to press too hard or not to stimulate your eyeballs since it may cause even severer eye strain or pain.
The best way is to apply adequate pressure so that you feel you are moderately stimulated.
■ Slowly press for two to three seconds and then take two to three seconds to slowly relieve the pressure.
It is said that, if you repeat a constant rhythm of applying and relieving pressure, it will give stimulation to your brain and will be more effective in recovering your eyesight.
Even if you stimulate only for two to three seconds, it definitely gives stimulation to your brain.
Be careful not to press on the same point for long time since it will cause poor blood circulation.
■ Repeat five to ten times for every acupressure point
If you keep pressing on one particular point many times, sometimes you might feel pain.
Be careful not to stimulate one point excessively. Repeat your pressure only five to ten times on one particular point. .
If you feel that you didn’t get enough stimulation, stop repeating and try it again after an interval of a few hours.
■ Exhale slowly when giving pressure and inhale slowly when relieving pressure.
It is said that pressing on acupressure points will become more effective by inhaling slowly and deeply, which helps relax your whole body.
2-2. Helpful hints when pressing on acupressure points around the eyes
In addition to the above mentioned correct way of pressing on acupressure points, there are four important factors to be noted.
1) Warm your eyes by covering them lightly with your hand
Eye strain can be caused by poor blood circulation around your eyes.
Before you start to apply pressure, if you close your eyes and cover them lightly with your palm to warm them, it will help improve your blood circulation.
2) Relax neck and shoulder muscles
Once you finish relaxing neck and shoulder muscles a little to improve blood circulation, it will improve blood circulation around your eyes.
When your eyes feel tired, it often happens that you have also stiff neck and shoulders.
So it will be a good idea to relax neck and shoulder muscles before you start to apply pressure.
3) Don’t rub and stimulate your eyeballs
Avoid applying even the slightest pressure on your eye balls since their tissues are delicate.
If you stimulate your eyeballs habitually, it may cause such eye diseases as cataract, glaucoma, and the like. So be careful not to stimulate.
4) Don’t apply pressure while doing something else.
You might damage your eyeballs if you miss aiming at your acupressure points around the eyes.
Don’t apply pressure while you are walking or eating.
Practice applying pressure only when you are not receiving constant shaking, like when you are sitting, standing, or sleeping.
3. Helpful hints about avoiding too much accumulated eye strain
Eliminating your eye strain by pressing the right acupressure points is important, but why don’t you follow up the helpful hints below for avoiding too much accumulated eyestrain on a regular basis?
■ Close your eyes
Closing the eyes tightly may help those who are prone to eye strain. By doing this, your eyes will rest a little.
Eye strain inevitably develops after lengthy use of the eyes focusing on one point like when you are using your personal computer or smart-phone, which causes stress in the eye muscles.
I advise you to always keep it in your mind to blink as often as you can.
■ Exercise your eyes
Rolling your eyes slowly in a big circle will help relax the eye muscles.
Try a few times until it helps your eyes feel refreshed.
■ Warm your eye area
It will be a good idea to warm your eye area to help relax the eye muscles which become stiff due to eye strain.
In order to avoid accumulated and deteriorating eye strain, it is effective to warm up tired eyes with a hot eye mask or hot towel, which will help your eye muscles to relax.
■ Have a good sleep
Needless to say, if you don’t have a good sleep to give your eyes a break, your eye strain will be accumulated.
Having a good sleep helps you to recover from your eye strain.
It is possible to eliminate eye strain by stimulating the right acupressure points around the eyes
All the acupressure points that we introduced today are located close to the eyeballs. So be careful not to stimulate too much.
Let’s begin to eliminate your eye strain, keeping all the important points in mind.
This article is translation of Japanese article, and the information listed is as of January 15, 2016 (Japan Standard Time).
Please take note that this article is based on individual opinions or their impressions, and opinions may vary.