For many people in today’s busy world, headaches are becoming more common. Sometimes they are the result of a medical condition. But oftentimes they are just a result of stress, dehydration, early work
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For many people in today’s busy world, headaches are becoming more common. Sometimes they are the result of a medical condition. But oftentimes, they’re just a result of stress, dehydration, working late at night, or just overdoing it in your class
While there are many remedies to reduce headaches, including ibuprofen or acetaminophen, or prescription headache medicine, there are many treatments available to reduce headaches.
And it is possible even if the solution does not apply more than the recommended dosage. In fact, common (and very easy) lifestyle habits can help reduce your headache without you ever taking medication.
1. Massage therapy
Yes, the message might look luxurious. But they are also incredibly healed. Sometimes headaches are the result of tension in the upper body due to muscle strain from poor posture or a rigorous exercise routine.
Massage therapy may help reduce chronic pain symptoms as well as relieve muscle tension that causes headaches.
Take the time to research the type of massage (Swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu, etc.) and get reliable references for practitioners near you who can effectively identify your specific pain points.
2. Hot/cold applications
For muscle tension headaches, a hot and/or cold compress can provide relief. For the cooler part, put ice in a plastic bag and cover it with a thin cloth to avoid damaging your skin. Place an ice pack on your forehead and/or cheeks, generally wherever the greatest source of pain is.
Just be sure to limit cold pack applications to no more than 10 minutes at a time.
For the hot part, you can buy a heat pack at most drugstores or make your own using raw rice. Take a pillowcase or a small piece of cloth to fill in about two-thirds of the uncooked rice. Sew or tie the open ends together.
When you want to microwave the rice for one minute. Apply it to the back of your neck or forehead to relieve the heat.
Aromatherapy is the study of how certain scents can stimulate positive and even healing responses in the brain.
Some odors have been reported to soothe and reduce headaches. These include extracts of sage, eucalyptus, and lavender oil. They are available at local health food stores or online.
Acupuncture involves applying sharp needles to a vital part of the body to promote energy flow. It is thought to stimulate the body’s natural pain reliever substances, and according to the National Institutes of Health, it has been shown to reduce headache frequency and soreness.
5. Breathing exercise
Yep, breath, you know what you do all the time! It might sound ridiculous. But sometimes tension-related headaches can be alleviated with regular breathing exercises that will help your mind relax.
Begin by finding a quiet place with a comfortable chair in your home, office, or another place where you won’t be distracted. Next, inhale slowly, inhale for five seconds, then exit for five seconds. As you relax, muscle tension decreases.
You can also try progressive relaxation techniques focusing on each of the major muscle groups in your body. Start with your toes and keep walking.
Dehydration can cause headaches. But it can be easily avoided. Picking up a good vintage mug can help as much as a drink with electrolytes like Pedialyte, Gatorade, or Powerade.
But just as there are drinks that can reduce headaches, there are those that can provoke them.
Drinking too much coffee or beverages that contain too much caffeine can cause a headache. So if you’re starting your day with a Starbucks square latte, you might want to swap it out for half the caffeine-free and decaffeinated mix.
Alcohol and especially red wine can also lead to dehydration causing headaches.
We’ve heard a lot about the health problems associated with being unable to sleep, and the lack of sleep you sleep at night can lead to chronic headaches. But knowing you need more sleep and actually getting it are two different things.
There are a number of ways you can improve the amount and quality of your sleep, including the following.
Strive to a sleep schedule Go to bed and wake up at a normal time. Even if you just went to bed 15 minutes earlier or slept 15 minutes later, this might be a step in the right direction.
Avoid stimulation in the hours before bed. Stimulants like alcohol, sugar, nicotine, and caffeine can prevent you from falling asleep and wake you up at night with trips to the bathroom. Give your body some time before hitting the pillow.
Choose a relaxing activity before bed. Turn off the television or computer and take care of yourself by reading a good book or taking a hot shower. It might sound outdated. But a little relaxation goes a long way!
8.Accept ‘food headache’
Certain foods, while delicious, are known to cause headaches. Try keeping a “diary headache” of the foods and drinks you consume on a daily basis or especially when you have a headache.
If you identify specific triggers, avoid them for a while and see if your headaches subside. Problem foods include:
Caffeinated foods and drinks, For example, chocolate, coffee, cola, and tea.
Foods containing monosodium glutamate MSG is used as a preservative and is traditionally used in some Asian cooking. It is also found in foods such as instant ramen noodles.
Foods containing nitrates The simplest meats, such as hot dogs, lunch meats, sausages, and pepperoni, can cause a headache.
Tyramine Foods Tyramine is a breakdown compound of an amino acid called tyrosine and is found in foods such as pizza and mature cheeses.
9.Sip on relaxing tea
The warmth and comfort of a steaming cup of herbal tea make it a great way to relax at night. These same soothing properties can have a pain-relieving effect. Since herbs can interact with a number of medical conditions and medications, it’s important to check with your doctor before drinking these teas.