Does the current state of the world have you experiencing more headaches than normal? Tension, anxiety, stress… These can trigger headaches in anyone at any time. But there are natural ways to relieve headache pain and calm the tension causing it.
Hydrate – dehydration is a common cause of headaches, but easily remedied. Fill up your largest water bottle and drink up.
Relaxation techniques – meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises have been shown to lower stress levels and reduce headache frequency.
Chiropractic – You may find relief from chiropractic adjustments. Neck pain, back pain, and tension can all lead to headache pain. Give us a call today to make an appointment.
Acupressure and massage – Many people find relief from acupressure and massaging tense muscles. Acupressure is based on ancient Chinese medicine that believes stimulating certain pressure points on the body may help the body heal. Here is a resource that demonstrates how to apply pressure to a point commonly thought to ease headache pain.
Avoid food triggers – pay attention to what you’re eating on days you experience headache pain. Many migraine sufferers know that certain foods can trigger their migraines and by limiting their intake of those foods, they can keep migraines at bay. For example, chocolate, processed meats, coffee, nuts, citrus fruits, aspartame, and alcoholic drinks are some of the most common headache triggering foods. If your headaches are becoming a regular part of your week, start keeping a food diary to pinpoint possible triggers.
Essential oils – Certain essential oils are thought to help ease headache pain. Peppermint, for instance, is commonly used to ease tension headache pain when applied to the temples and forehead. (Make sure to read all instructions that come with your oils thoroughly for proper use.)
Sleep – Sleeping too much or too little can bring on migraines, so keeping to a regular sleep schedule can help prevent them.
You don’t have to live with frequent headaches. Pain is a signal that something is not right, so try to stay positive while pinpointing the cause. And remember, we’re here to help you. Let’s work together to find your relief.