7 Natural Headache Treatment Options

natural headache treatment | aica conyersHeadaches are a fact of life. They happen to the best of us and they always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times.

Unfortunately you can’t always, or even often, drop everything and tend to your aching head. So what can you do to ease your headache and get back to your routine?

You could search all over Conyers for pain relievers that damage your liver and stomach every time another headache crops up, or you could try one of these natural headache treatment options.

Aromatherapy

Essential oils like lavender, peppermint and basil have been shown to relieve tension and reduce inflammation, alleviating headaches. Try adding a few drops to a bowl of very hot water, then put a towel over your head to keep in the scented steam and breathe deep. You can also add the oils to some coconut oil and dab the mixture on your forehead, temples and neck.

Relax

Many headaches are a result of tension and stress. Adopting a few relaxation techniques can make these types of headaches a distant memory.

Meditation is great for reducing stress, but if you find it difficult to meditate, there are other ways to relieve tension. Deep breathing, stretching, positive thinking and listening to relaxing music are all good for relieving stress and can be combined in whichever way works best for you.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration is a common cause of headaches. If you aren’t drinking at least 64 oz of water each day, or if you have a strenuous lifestyle that causes you to perspire a lot, you are likely at least a little dehydrated.

Try keeping a 16 to 32 oz container of water with you at all times. Then just remember how many refills of water you’ll need to get to 64 oz (four refills for 16 oz, a little under three refills for 22 oz and two refills for 32 oz).

Avoid Eyestrain

If you are at all like the majority of Conyers residents, you spend at least a few hours a day intently focused on the screen of a computer, smartphone or tablet. What may surprise you is how much strain even a few hours of that focus can put on your eyes.

If work or school demands that you spend a lot of time in front of a computer or similar device, be sure to take frequent breaks to give your eyes a rest. You should also adjust the brightness and contrast settings for your screen or monitor to reduce glare.

Apply Hot and Cold

Depending on the type of headache, the application of hot or cold can ease it. Heat is better for tension headaches, while cold is better for headaches caused by inflammation.

Try laying a warm washcloth across your forehead or neck to relieve tension, replace the warm washcloth with a cold one or a cold pack to relieve inflammation.

can relieve stress and loosen tight muscles, relieving tension headaches. Try gently massaging your neck and jaw to reduce tension.

Chiropractic Care

For chronic headache relief, professional help may be required. Regular headaches could indicate that something in your body is misaligned which is resulting in tension and pain.

If you are having issues with chronic headaches contact us to find out more about our headache treatment options.

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