Massage Therapy For Hiccups

Hiccups, or hiccoughs, are involuntary sounds made by spasms of the diaphragm. The diaphragm is a large sheet of muscle slung beneath the lungs that, together with the intercostal muscles, causes us to breathe. The muscular spasm of these muscles sucks air into the lungs, and the quick inhalation makes a structure inside the throat (called the epiglottis) slam shut. This sharp closure of the epiglottis causes the characteristic 'hic' sound of hiccups. Generally, hiccups resolve by themselves after a few minutes, but prolonged hiccups that last for days or weeks may be symptomatic of underlying disorders. Certain drugs, including epilepsy medications, can make a person more prone to hiccups.

Step Qi She Point

At the root of the neck, at the superior border of the sternal end of the clavicle, between the sternal and clavicular heads of ternocleidomastoid muscle. Massage the point by top of finger for 1-3 minutes.

Step Ju Que Point

In the epigastric region, on the anterior midline, 2 finger's breadth inferior to the xiphoid process and 6 finger's breadth superior to the umbilicus. Massage the point by two hands for 1-3 minutes.

Step Ge Shu Point

On the middle back, 1. 5 finger's breadth lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the seventh thoracic vertebra. Press the back and massage the point by thumb for 1-3 minutes.