Ear infections are common when you are a swimmer, and it can also occur fairly commonly in small children. Oftentimes, when you have an ear infection, the lymph glands at the sides of the neck right under the ear will be blocked and swollen. The lymph can harden, and this can be painful. One means to treat this is by draining the lymph. The procedure is gentle and safe, and is said to be based on massage techniques that help fluid circulation and drainage of excess fluid in the gland.
- Before seeking any remedy or home relief, check with your doctor on how to address your ear infection. Your doctor will most likely prescribe antibiotics, in case it is a bacterial infection. This should clear your ear infection within a week’s time. As soon as the infection has cleared, you can ask your doctor’s permission to do exercises or massages for lymph drainage.
- The first exercise involves scrunching your face slowly into a tense pose, and holding it for about five seconds. After five seconds, release. Rest for five seconds, and repeat the procedure four more times.
- Turn your head from left to right, then to left again slowly and gently. Do this about five times.
- Look up as far as you can, and then down as far as you can go. Do the exercise slowly about five times.
- Exercise your facial muscles. Try smiling and frowning in alternate. You can also simulate a big yawning motion. Do this for five times, with five seconds of rest in between.
- Stick out your tongue. Rotate it clockwise such that you form a complete circle. Repeat it counterclockwise. Perform this procedure five times, with five seconds’ rest in between.
- Lift your shoulders up and down five times. Do five sets of five up and down movements, with five seconds of rest in between sets.
- Rest your hands at the bottom of your ribcage. Then, inhale and exhale deeply for 30 seconds.
- Place your hands below your neck. Then, raise the skin on the right side upward and then let go. Do the same for the left side. Be sure to press ever so gently. Repeat this procedure five times on each side, alternating between right and left. Then, move your hand an inch higher, and do the same procedure.
- Tilt your head up, and massage your chin using outward movements toward your ears.
- Do the same on your face. Make sure you are doing outward movements toward your ears. You can do this for as long as you like, but you should stop if you feel flushed or sore.
- Massage your neck downwards in long strokes. Do this five times. Your drainage exercise and massage should be complete.
Be careful not to apply any pressure on both sides of your neck simultaneously, as this can compress your carotid artery. Also, don’t attempt this massage if your ear infection has not cleared yet.