Try this simple and easy to learn technique the next time you or your kids have an earache, sore throat, toothache, or any infection or inflammation in the head and throat. It costs nothing, requires no supplies or special equipment, and is surprisingly effective!
A few months ago I woke up at 3am and discovered to my dismay that I had an earache. Last time I had an ear ache I spent two days in pain following my kids around with my ear pressed to a hot water bottle and I was not keen to repeat the experience.
Inspiration struck - I tried these lymphatic drainage points out hoping they would help.
I knew that in an ear infection we get a blockage in the Eustachian tube, but I was surprised to actually be able to feel that blockage as a small lump in the soft space under the ear on the affected side. It was very sore to touch.
I awoke some time later to a loud draining noise in my sore ear and instant relief from the pain!
All three of the kids gave me opportunities to test this out in the past few months. We have now cleared an ear infection in each child using this method. We made sure to drink lots of water in the hopes of thinning out the fluids in the ear.
If this remedy hadn’t worked, we would have been off to the doctor’s lining up for antibiotics. But considering that antibiotics have been linked to other undesirable outcomes such as disturbance of the good bacteria in the gut, I was happy that we were able to avoid that.
I have been suggesting this to everyone, on line and in real life, who complains of earache. The feedback indicates that it is working pretty well.
Thank you so much! You've been very helpful in more ways than you'll ever know - your video with I think your daughter? Has changed my life. I'm always getting ear aches and this has worked amazingly. Even recently I had a bad cold/headache and sinus pressure and it was relieved so quickly. So thank you thank you thank you! - Rhiannon
Step 1. Movements towards the midline, in the hollow above the collarbone. Starting at the outer end of the collarbone, allow fingertips to sink in just below skin level, and drag fingertips towards the midline of the body as much as skin slack will allow. Place fingertips 2cm towards midline, and repeat until you reach the inner point of collarbone. Repeat on the other side.
Reason for doing this move: to clear the drainage point for the lymphatic system.
Step 2. Pinching movements up the side of the neck. Find the muscle that attaches to the point of the inner collarbone. You will be following this muscle up to a point on the skull just behind the ear. Gently pinch the muscle and pull it out sideways. Tilting the head towards the side being worked on will help. Make gentle pinch/pull moves all the way up the muscle. Near the top it is too tight to really get a grip on. Using skin slack, make front to back moves across the top of the muscle. Repeat on the other side.
Reason for doing this move: Stimulating the lymph flow below the ear, so that when the Eustachian tube drains it has space to flow down.
Step 3. Downwards movements behind the ear. In the hollow behind the ear, in line with the jaw, make 2-3 downward movements. Place a fingertip in this area, and use skin slack to drag the fingertip down towards the feet. Make 2 or 3 movements in a downwards line. Repeat on the other side.
Reason for doing this move: To encourage draining the Eustachian tubes of the ear.
This would be worth trying for any condition of inflammation in the head and neck:
If you are doing this for a small child, expect it to hurt a little bit. Little kids are sometimes a bit reluctant to let you poke around in their necks. If there is any protest, go lighter and lighter, even just skin level movements will help.
If you are having recurrent ear or sinus trouble you would probably benefit from a more complete treatment of the neck and TMJ. Contact me to make a booking!