Take a Hoover to Your Head: Drain Fluid from the Ears

Fluid build up in the head can be extremely uncomfortable.  After a cold or during allergy/sinus season, the pressure in the ears builds up as the sinus cavities become full and there is no place for the fluid to drain.  This can also cause issues with chronic headaches, vertigo, dizziness and that echoey hearing loss you get when your head is full.

Fortunately, there is any easy self-massage method to drain that from your head.  Lymphatic drainage massage can relieve some of that pressure.  It’s easy to do, doesn’t require any special equipment and isn’t hard on your hands.

Please note this video assumes you’ve already watched the first lymphatic drainage video and only covers that part of the massage very briefly.


  1. D. said,

    February 1, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    This is wonderful. Very helpful to me.

    I have a chronic sinusitis on the right side, which has to do with a sluggish nasolacrimal duct. I have Sjogren’s Syndrome and the right eye is worse than the left. I suffered an ocular hemorrhage in that eye several years ago and it’s been quite sensitive ever since. I have silicon duct plugs to try to help keep the moisture in place as much as possible, in both eyes.

    Since that nasolacrimal duct is plugged most of the time, it affects my ears and my nose, as well. These massage moves have helped a lot.

    Thank you for doing this, and thank you for putting it online in such a way that it’s easy to follow. I can read something a hundred times and not get it right, but if I see it once, I’ve got it! So thanks again for what you do for others.


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  2. Heather Wibbels said,

    February 1, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I’m so glad this helps you, D. Glad to put in a way that’s useful for others! Your comment made my day! — heatherw

  3. Ashlee said,

    March 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I have strep throat; besides the obvious sore throat, I’m stuffed up, my ears are clogged, my whole head hurts and my actual lymph nodes hurt too…who knew? I did the first lymph node series, which I found on google, the, went to your blog and found this. My ear finally feels as though it’s draining and I feel like the congestion is getting better. Thanks for posting these.

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