Headaches have a wide range of causes and effect a significant portion of the population.
- More than 90% of the US population will experience some type of headache
- Headache is one of the top 10 reasons for outpatient medical visits in the US
- The most common types of headaches are tension, sinus, migraine and cluster headaches.
- 28 million Americans experience migraine headaches
- 78% of all headaches are tension headaches
Try these tips to help reduce your headache symptoms and recover more quickly.
- Ice Pack. Apply an ice pack to the back of your neck, including the base of your skull, for 20 minutes. Remove ice pack for one hour. Repeat as necessary.
- Gentle pressure/massage. 1. Using your middle finger and thumb, gently pinch the skin just above your nose and press upward so you feel the pressure around your eyebrows. 2. With your index and middle fingers, apply pressure to your temporalis muscle. It is the muscle at your temples that you can feel move when you clench your teeth. 3. Apply massage in a circular motion with your thumbs just underneath the large bones behind your ears. 4. Massage the headache pressure points on each hand. Use your thumb and index finger of one hand to squeeze the fleshy area between the thumb and index finger on your opposite hand. Hold pressure for several minutes. Repeat on other hand.
- Stay hydrated. Drink 16 to 32 oz of water at the onset of your headache. You should feel improvement within one to two hours. Maintain your fluid intake through the day. Dehydration can cause headaches.
- Relax/rest. Lie down with your eyes closed and focus on your breathing. Breathe in through your nose and slowly out through your mouth for a count of 10. Repeat for 5 to 10 minutes. Concentrate on how your body feels as it relaxes with your breathing.
- Use medication with caution. Some headaches can be caused by medication overuse or by the rebound effects of medication. If you take headache medication, make sure you are using it as directed by your physician, whether over-the-counter or prescription medication.
- Get adjusted. Chiropractic adjustments to the cervical spine (neck area) can greatly improve spinal function, which in turn can reduce the number and severity of your headaches.
Call us today to schedule an appointment and get rid of your headaches for good.