Why does applying pressure to your forehead when you have a headache help ease the pain?

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Why does applying pressure to your forehead when you have a headache help ease the pain?

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You have pressure points there. Your brain focuses its attention to those new areas, allowing temporary relief from your headache.

Imagine being stabbed in your leg while you have a headache. You’re now more focused on your leg than your headache, which in comparison doesn’t feel so bad anymore. You’re doing something similar to this except without the pain or repercussions.

To a certain extent you’re probably inducing lateral inhibition of pain fibers – additionally headaches can be caused by muscle spasms – so you’re likely helping alleviate that too, and helping increase blood flow in some sense, as a headache can also be caused by issues with blood vessels

Sinus headaches are a special case. Applying pressure to the forehead can also, I guess, bend your bone enough that it can allow your sinuses to clear. Sinus blockages can cause pretty gnarly headaches, and this mechanically vents pressure that could otherwise be stopped by blockage or inflammation.

One day I had migraine, and I accidentally smashed my finger while moving furniture. I remember my migraine disappeared instantly. I felt a current of heat and cold running for my body in a second. I wanted to yell and jump, but I endured it. Don’t try this at home!