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Monday, July 29, 2013

5 Easy Home Remedies to Stop Headache Pain


Just about everyone suffers from headaches at one time or another. Headaches can range from mild to the more chronic and severe, called migraines. In the U.S., more than 28 million people suffer from migraines, 45 million people suffer from chronic headaches, and 7 out of 10 people have at least one headache a year.

Society in general has gravitated toward pill popping. People want immediate relief from just about anything that causes pain or prevents them from continuing their normal daily activities. There are many holistic approaches, however, to dealing with pain. Here are five remedies for headache pain that are safe and won't cost you a penny.

1. Apply pressure

This technique is called acupressure and is done by trained practitioners to relieve all kinds of pain, but one exercise can be done at home to relieve headache pain. Using your thumb or finger, gradually apply pressure at the base of the skull on both sides, where you can feel the hollows. Close your eyes, tilt your head back slightly, take slow, deep breaths, and apply pressure for about 2-3 minutes. Repeat until the pain is gone. This kind of pressure allows the body to release its own natural pain relievers, called endorphins.

2. Apply ice

Wrap a cold ice pack in a thin towel and apply it directly to the forehead, temples or back of the neck--wherever the pain is. Applying ice is often considered one of the most effective ways to relieve headache pain.

3. Relax

Most headaches are caused by tension. It is important to relax in order to alleviate the pain. Some activities that may quickly help you relax are warm baths, soaking your feet in warm water, or taking a slow, leisurely walk. Moderate exercise is a powerful stress reliever.

4. Control sleep patterns

Have you ever wondered why you always seem to get a headache when you have slept too late? There is a valid reason. Headaches are often tied to sleep patterns. The key is consistency. Changing sleep patterns, such as going to bed late and getting up late when your normal routine is early to bed-early to rise, can trigger a headache.

5. Lower the lights

Most people who experience headaches become more sensitive to lights. Bright lights can actually increase the symptoms of headache pain. For relief, relax in a dimly-lit room until the pain subsides.

These are simple home remedies for normal headache pain. If you are experiencing severe and consistent headache pain, a doctor should be consulted as soon as possible as this type of pain may indicate a more serious physical problem.
DISCLAIMER: The content or opinions expressed on this web site are not to be interpreted as medical advice. Please consult with your doctor or medical practitioner before utilizing any suggestions on this web site.
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