One of the most common health issues that people have to suffer on a daily basis is headaches. It is such an uncomfortable feeling that can affect your whole day. Ranging from a slight to unbearable pain, it can affect your daily life activities.
As per the doctors of the Quaid-e-Azam international hospital, the headache is further divided into various types such as Tension Headaches, Cluster Headaches and Migraines etc. The most common type of headache that people suffer from is “Tension Headaches”. Migraine headaches range from moderate to severe forms of headache. Cluster headache as the name indicates occurs in the form clusters and can be very annoying.
From natural remedies to medication there are many ways to relieve the headache. But, headache is the one thing that can occur anytime and would halt your daily life activities. Over the counter medications even if they seem promising for the headache, they don’t always help in coping with the headaches.
According to the medical specialists in Islamabad,you should neither opt for self-medication for the headache relief nor take the overdose of the medication as it would only cause you more harm.
So, here are some home remedies and natural therapies to help you in curing headaches.
1. Massage Therapy
The top in the list is massage therapy. You don’t have to opt for the expensive or luxurious kind of massage. A simple massage can be effective. Headache, at times results due to the tension in the body, rigorous exercise and also due to strain from a poor body posture.
Massage therapy seems effective for mild to severe headaches caused by muscle tension. If you want proper massage therapy, you need to consult an expert who can treat your pain points effectively.
2. Use of Cold and Hot Compressions
If you are suffering from a headache due to muscle tension in this case, cold and hot compresses can help in providing relief.
In case you are using cold compresses, you need to take the ice. Cover it in a thin cloth so that you don’t harm your skin and place it on the area where you are experiencing high pain.
For a hot compress, you can either get one from the drugstores or can make your own. You can take a piece of fabric or can simply even use the pillowcase and then fill the uncooked rice with the 2/3rd of it. Sew it and then tie the ends together. So, when you need to use it, then you need to microwave it for a minute. Once done, apply it at the back of your head for relief.
3. Use of Fragrance
Use of certain fragrance and scents for the healing response in your brain is known as aromatherapy. Various studies have shown that there are particular smells that have the soothing and calming effect on the headaches. These scents are ready to use and available online and many local stores. Famous scents for this purpose are eucalyptus, peppermint extract and lavender oil.
4. Breathing exercises
Breathing, not only a sign of breathing but can also help you with many health issues. You might find it funny that breathing would help but with regular breathing exercises it can help you ease your muscles and relieve your tension-related headaches.
Interestingly, you don’t need any particular place for this exercise. You can do it anywhere, anytime you are.
- All you need to do is to find a quiet place and a chair which is comfortable in your office, home or just any location that you prefer making sure that there would be no distractions there.
- In the next step, you need to slow down and take slow rhythmic breaths, breath-in and breathe-out both for five seconds each.
- As soon as you relax by this exercise, the tightness in your muscles reduces.
You can further modify this technique as per your own requirement.
This is one of the ancient treatments used for medicinal and therapy purposes. In this procedure, sharp needles are used to promote the energy flow within the body. This treatment is thought to induce natural pain-relieving compounds in the body and thus reduces headache.
Headache can be a nuisance and can last for days. Aforementioned 5 remedies are just some of the techniques in relieving headache. Hydration, proper sleep, headache diet, soothing teas, herbal remedies, essential oils, yoga and some lifestyle modifications are some other major remedies that can help you with your headache.