14 million people suffer from headaches on a daily basis. The USA annual economic cost of all headache and migraines, exceeds $31 Billion. Most people will experience a headache at some point of their life and they can affect anyone regardless of age and gender.
In this article you can find some alternative ways to treat headaches.
- Drink water and eat salad.
If you wake up with a pounding headache, your pain may cause from dehydration. Drink a big glass of water as soon as your head starts to hurt and eat a large bowl of salad that includes lettuce and spinach. Lettuce and spinach leaves have high levels of water and fiber, which will make your body feel great. Try to continue drinking water ordinarily throughout the day.
- Put cold ice or hot pads.
Placing an ice pack on your forehead will help shrink the blood vessels and numb the pain. Another option is to put heating pads which relax tense muscles. Warm baths or showers may have similar effect.
- Practice yoga.
Yoga combines meditation, stretching, breathing and exercising and will help you feel more relaxed and increases your blood flow. Other exercises such as tai chi or hiking are good alternatives to yoga.
- Practice relaxation techniques.
Use a variety of techniques to distract yourself from the pain. If you’re in the midst of a headache, don’t worry and go to your comfort zone.
Some popular options for relaxation techniques: Meditation, Deep breathing, Listening to binaural beats or just try to sleep for a few minutes. Even closing your eyes for a few minutes and concentrating on the silence may do wonders.
You can combine your relaxation techniques with your favorite relaxation music in the background. You can buy specially made relaxation CDs or DVDs that usually include music and relaxation techniques instructions.
- Go nuts
Eating Almonds or making gingerroot tea can be a natural remedy and a healthier alternative to painkillers & medication. They act as a pain reliever because they contain salicin, which is acetylsalicylic acid (similar to aspirin). Eat a handful of almonds, nuts or make yourself glass of green tea when you feel the headache start to set in. Create a homemade tea by simmering slices of gingerroot in water, covered, for 20-30 minutes.
- The Headoc
The Headoc is a device which include three technologies aimed to relieve stress and improve mood. It can be used anytime and anywhere. Read more about it on the Headoc’s home page.