For today’s Daily Presence, I am learning and practicing ear self-massage techniques. As a person diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, auditory processing disorder, Eustachian tube dysfunction, tinnitus and TMJ at various points in my adult life, this area of my body has dealt with a lot of strain and discomfort. As of late, my body’s latest “trick” is to turn one part of my left ear scarlet red out of nowhere, with a corresponding warm sensation, so the issues I have seem to be getting worse rather than better. I suspect that my botched root canal over five years ago was a major contributor to many of these ailments, as several of the issues are primarily or exclusively on the same side as the tooth I had to have pulled.
I did not know until today how many acupressure points correspond to the ear. (Side note: The link I’ve included unfortunately does not reference Chinese/Eastern medicine sufficiently in explaining how acupressure may work.) I found the pressure point on my outer lower lobe to be the one that was most relaxing. Unfortunately, my tinnitus started up again after trying the points on my inner ear, so I will have to stick to only a few of the recommended areas.
I also tried out a technique for massaging one’s ears and neck in order to promote the opening of a person’s Eustachian tubes. After trying it out, I found myself wondering again how much the severe neck tension I have also worsens any ear dysfunction from which I might suffer. I find it interesting to note how much the lymph system plays a role in our ear health.
Finally, with my left ear ringing, I researched whether massage can help to reduce tinnitus. There was a double-blind study published that indicates it can, but the specific trigger points were not included. I have not gotten a massage in quite some time, so this finding is making me tempted to try it out again!
The Daily Presence practice never ceases to impress upon me how many body parts we have and how much of an impact each one can have on our lives. In addition, I am beginning to be able to appreciate the complex interconnectedness within each of our bodies in new ways as I learn about how the systems that run throughout our body interface with organs, limbs and the like. Have you tried any ear self-massage techniques? If so, how did they affect your body?