Three Natural Ways to Relieve Headaches
It is unlikely that there has ever been a single person who does not experience headaches at some point in their life. They can occur anytime, anywhere, and to anybody regardless of age or gender. Constant headaches can be a nuisance and can disrupt your day to day activities, which can lead to a lowering of your mood and other problems.
Sometimes, headaches are caused by simple things such as hunger, stress, anger, lack of sleep, fatigue, or dehydration. Some headaches are easy to diagnose, and a simple home remedy can do wonders for you. At other times, you will find yourself needing a doctor’s intervention.
The most common treatment prescribed for a headache is a painkiller. Painkillers are good at doing what their name suggests – they kill the sensation of pain. However, it is much more sensible to treat the cause of the headache rather than to disguise the effects. Using a painkiller for an extended period can lead to problems that are more complex and dangerous than a simple headache, so it is always advisable to avoid them wherever possible.
Here are three natural ways to relieve headaches without needing to resort to painkillers.
As mentioned above, dehydration (even slight dehydration) is one of the main causes of headaches which can easily be resolved if you drink water. It is not just a sip you will need as that won’t be enough to rehydrate you. You will need to drink enough water to prevent and relieve the headache, which could be one or more glasses full.
Sometimes, you must find out what could have caused your headache before reaching out for a bottle of water. Chronic tension headaches occur as a result of stress, depression, fatigue, and other psychological issues. Tension headaches are the most common ones and are easy to diagnose. However, if your headache is caused by stress or fatigue, you might want to start by looking at larger lifestyle changes than just drinking water.
However, there is absolutely no reason to not drink water in any case. Water is essential for health and general wellbeing and will do you no harm.
You do not have to wait until you’re dehydrated before you reach out for a glass or a bottle of water, as in fact it is better to drink a little before you become dehydrated.
Whenever you leave the house, try to make sure that you carry a bottle of clean filtered water with you. Take a drink from the bottle even when you do not feel particularly thirsty as it will help to prevent dehydration.
Eating foods that are rich in water will also help to keep your body well hydrated at all times. Fruits and vegetables are always good choices as you will reap the benefits of vitamins and other nutrients contained within them as well as the water that is present.
When headaches and migraines are threatening to interfere with your normal way of life, this is one of the better non-painkiller remedies that might not immediately come to mind.
Dry needling is not acupuncture, although it could easily be confused with it from appearances. Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine, which is performed by inserting thin needles into pressure points on the body to change the flow of energy. There is still a lot of research being performed into this pain relief method, but those who’ve tried it before will testify to its effectiveness – however, this isn’t backed up by science, and is not something we’d recommend.
Dry needling, on the other hand, has been backed up by plenty of research, and the science holds up well. The term “dry” refers to the fact that the needle is inserted without any medication and therefore does not have any side-effects.
This process works by inserting a thin needle into a “trigger point” below the skin. These are bands of skeletal muscle deep within the body that cannot easily be reached by other procedures such as massage. Dry needling reduces the tensions in muscles, causing them to relax, and relieving the pressure that can manifest as a headache. It stimulates the body and triggers the response needed for healing.
Headaches can be caused by spasming muscles in your back, neck, or head, along with trapped nerves in similar areas. Chiropractic care can reduce these problems by loosening the muscles and restoring the natural alignment of your spine, including your neck.
Some further common causes of headaches are sitting in the same position for hours at a time – something that is often seen in offices with the use of computers – and clenching your teeth. This can lead to irritation of the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) which will develop into a tension headache.
Using chiropractic techniques to combat these issues will result in effective and long-lasting effects with none of the downside of using painkillers to disguise the original issue.
Natural Ways to Relieve Headaches
Many people are quick to reach out for a painkiller as soon as they start feeling some kind of tension in the head. Drugs can work quickly, but they have side effects (especially with prolonged use) and do not tackle the original cause of the headache, making it likely that the headache will return.
In time, the body may become used to the drugs that are intended as painkillers, and instead of relieving the pain, they can worsen it or make no difference at all. A much better option is to consider these natural headache remedies that do not require you to use painkillers, and that gets to the root cause of the problem.
Dry needling and other chiropractic care can reduce pain and help you to manage your headaches. Every treatment we provide is tailored to the individual patient, so please get in touch if you suffer from headaches and would like us to help. Please call (225) 766-2952 today to find out more about how we can treat your headache.