How to Relieve Eye Strain with Reflexology

Reflexology is just the application of pressure to different parts of your body to relieve ailments.[1] [2]While it doesn't work for everybody, it does seem to help some people. For eyestrain, you can try points around the eyes or points in other parts of the body.

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    Work your way around the eye. Some people have success with massaging points around the eye to help with eyestrain.[3] You should spend about 10 seconds on each point.[4]
    • You can either use the tip of your finger or your knuckle to gently massage the points. Try to keep your nail away from the skin.
    • Massage in small circles, not back and forth. Also, try to keep your finger straight if you're using a fingertip. These massage techniques apply for all the points around the eye.
    • To help you find them, you might feel a slight pain or feel a depression at each point.
    • Make sure that you're rubbing around your eye and not in your eye.[5]
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    Find the point between your eyes. This point is that little hollow where the bridge of your nose runs into your forehead. Rubbing it can help with eyestrain.
    • Some say that the point is actually on each side of the nose at this spot, closer to the eye.
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    Move to a spot underneath the eye. This spot is just under your eye. You should massage right in the center.
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    Find the outer corner. Now, find the spot on the outer corner of your eye to massage. It should be just to the outside of the tip of your eye.[6]
    • Some people also recommend a spot between the bottom center and the tip.[7]
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    Locate the middle of the eyebrow. This spot is also good to work on in an eye massage. Gently massage the spot directly over your pupil. Some people also add a spot to the left and right of this spot along the eyebrow, almost to each end.

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    Find the wind mansion. This point is directly at the base of your skull. It is directly in the middle. Massaging this point with the tips of your fingers helps some with eye fatigue.
    • You can also try placing just the tip of your middle finger on this point and applying gentle pressure, as you tip your head backward to help apply that pressure. You can also use your thumb.
    • This point supposedly helps with most areas of the head, including the eyes.
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    Locate the heavenly pillar. This location is actually two pressure points on the back of your neck. Find the base of the skull (where the wind mansion is), then move an inch down. Now, move an inch out on each side into the muscles at the back of your neck. Gently massaging each of these spots with your middle finger helps some people with eyestrain.
    • You can also apply pressure similar to the method for the wind mansion, except use both of your middle fingers.
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    Massage your knuckles. Another place to massage is at the base of your three middle fingers--your ring finger, middle finger, and index finger. Use your thumb to massage where the knuckle meets your hand. You can also massage just above that knuckle, as well. Flip your hand over to massage on the other side, too.[8]
    • Use a thumb roll to apply pressure. Press down using your thumb pad. Let it roll down or up the knuckle as you bend your thumb. Move about 1/8 of an inch up and down as you bend and straighten your thumb.[9]
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    Find the bigger rushing. This spot is on the top of your foot. You'll find it down the foot a bit, where the big toe meets the little toe. You need to find the webbing. It's not actually between the toes but on the top. Massage the area gently with your finger tips.
    • To make it easier, you can also use the heel of your other foot to gently press into this point for 30 seconds.[10]
Dr Rohit Bhaskar, Physio
Dr Rohit Bhaskar, Physio Dr. Rohit Bhaskar, Physio is Founder of Bhaskar Health and Physiotherapy and is also a consulting physiotherapist. He completed his Graduation in Physiotherapy from Uttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences. His clinical interests are in Chest Physiotherapy, stroke rehab, parkinson’s and head injury rehab. Bhaskar Health is dedicated to readers, doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Bhaskar Health audience is the reason I feel so passionate about this project, so thanks for reading and sharing Bhaskar Health.

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