Nothing is more inconvenient and more annoying than a splitting headache. This is especially true when you have a family to care for and kids depending on you to keep the household functioning. However, there are some things you can do to alleviate the pain and not all of them require medication. Here are ten ways to help a headache.
- Acupressure – You will either need to find someone to do this for you or someone to teach you about the pressure points involved. This is a painless remedy that requires pressure on certain spots of the head and neck to alleviate pain. It’s a form of acupuncture without the needles. This is also great for TMJ and other muscle spasms.
- Massage – Tension headaches can be relieved with a good massage. Sometimes just getting the body to relax is all you need to do to get the headache to go away. Even a quick temple massage can do wonders for a tension headache.
- Homeopathic supplements – You can check with a homeopathic practitioner to find out which supplements you will need to take, but this is a natural method of treatment that can help considerably. Some of these herbs and supplements have been successfully used for thousands of years.
- Drink more water – Many people do not realize that dehydration of the body can lead to headaches. If this is the cause of your pain, you should feel relief as your body gets rehydrated. Make sure you keep hydrated and the pain shouldn’t return.
- Learn to relax – Meditation or just sitting still and letting your mind go free can do wonders for your head. Many moms are tense from the daily grind and all the things they think about that need to get done. Being able to put some of those things on the back burner and taking a little time for relaxation will make a big difference. It sure beats having to go lay down because the pain in your head is killing you.
- Find out if you have food allergies – There are certain foods that will cause headaches in some people. This is especially true for people who suffer from migraines. Check with your doctor to find out if you might fit in this category and work with him to determine what those allergies are so that they can be eliminated from your diet.
- Exercise – Some women find that exercising will relieve headache pain. Exercise releases endorphins in the brain and they make you feel better. Before starting any ongoing exercise routine, be sure to check with your doctor. If your headache is related to blood pressure, then this is not recommended.
- Oxygen – For women who suffer from cluster headaches, you may want to talk to your doctor about prescribing oxygen for you. Cluster headaches can be very painful and they usually center around one eye. Breathing in pure oxygen counteracts the increased blood flow to the brain which is the cause of the headache.
- Coffee – Sometimes caffeine will help end a headache. If you drink a lot of coffee or other caffeinated beverages and for some reason do not have your regular servings, you may be a candidate for a caffeine withdrawal headache. The simple solution is to get some caffeine back in your system. If you are planning on eliminating caffeine from your diet completely, do it gradually.
- Pain relievers – A very quick and simple remedy for most run of the mill headaches are the common pain relievers: Aspirin, Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Finding the cause and type of your headache will inform you as to the best way to get rid of it. In most cases the cure is fairly simple, but if you suffer from very severe and frequent headaches, you should see a doctor to make sure nothing more serious is going on.
These are just a few of the ways you can alleviate headache pain. Always try to treat the root cause rather than the symptoms. If you can take away the source of the pain, you will feel better longer. Headaches are a part of life, but they don’t have to be a big part.