Thousands of children and adults are afflicted with this headache "thing" and headaches are the most common reason people seek chiropractic care, according to Dr. Paul B. Hyland a Chiropractor living in St. Louis, Missouri.
On Dr. Hyland's Committed to Health Chiropractic website Newsletter, he defines the word headache as an ache in the head, not a disease. Headaches are simply your body "talking back to you" and it is a sign that your body produces to let you know that it is having difficult time handling something.
Get Relief for Headaches
According to an October 5, 2010 MedBroadcast health feature article written byAmy Toffelmire, there are natural ways to head off headache pain including: exercise, relaxing, compress, rub, unclench, eat and drink more water.
1. Exercise- When you excercise, your body releases a natural painkiller called endorphins. Endorphins ease an aching head by boosting the mood and reducing the sensation of pain.
2. Relax- Taking a 20 minute break in a quiet place is a great way to relieve tension and to get some rest and relaxation. Try some relaxation music.
3. Compress-Head ache pain that is caused by muscle tension may respond well to a hot or cold compress. The compress will help relax the tension in the muscles.
4. Rub- Using your fingers to massage your temples, scalp, neck and shoulders relieves muscle pain. Also, try lightly squeezing and rubbing the outer edge of your ear between your thumb and index finger.
5. Un-clench-Clinching your teeth puts pressure on the muscles around the jaw, which could lead to a headache. If you think that too much clenching is causing headaches, take a break from chewing on hard food such as: nuts, candy, tough meat and chewing gum.
6. Avoid foods that seem to prompt your headaches such as food or drinks that contain; MSG, caffeine, alchohol and artificial sweetners. Avoid skipping meals, because this contributes to fluctating blood sugars.
7. Drink-Drink plenty of water daily, because dehydration is known to cause headaches.
Dietary Changes to help reduce headaches
As indicated in Amy's article, you must avoid foods that prompt headaches. In the book, Natural Health Remedies, Dr. Janet Macarro, recommended some dietary considerations such as: eating turkey to boost serotonin levels in the brain, add dark leafy greens and brocolli to the diet, eat more pinapple and cherries. Also, a cup of black coffee can help relieve a headache once it has begun.
Supplement Support For Headaches
- A daily cup of green tea sweetened with stevia
- 5-HTP to calm stress
- Gingo Biloba
- Nature's ultimate cleanse to detoxify
Lifestyle Choices Support for Headaches
- Therapeutic baths with sea salt, baking soda and lavender oil
With Your Health & Wellness in Mind,
Natural Living 101