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Headaches and What You Can Do to Cure Them

Publish DateSep 09, 2021
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There are so many reasons headaches happen – stress, lack of sleep, hunger, and eyestrains are just some of the more common ones. 


The minute a splitting headache occurs, our first reaction is to pop an aspirin or ibuprofen. However, that is a one size fits all approach that does not target the root cause of your migraine.


To cure this excruciating head pain, you need to determine the specific reason and rectify it accordingly. The solutions outlined below should help you do this!

 

Tension

 

This is the most common type of headache; it is brought on by tense muscles in the head and neck.

Massage, acupressure, hot or cold compresses, and rubs containing menthol or camphor may relieve the pain. 


Other stress-neutralizing techniques like yoga, deep breathing, and meditation can help prevent episodes. 

 

Migraine

 

Classic symptoms of a migraine include visual flashes, blind spots, and vomiting. 


Migraines can be set off by food sensitivities, strong odors, hormonal fluctuations, and stress; these triggers can cause rapidly dilating blood vessels, leading to an intense throbbing. 


A simple hack you can follow to combat migraines is by reducing or stopping your coffee intake temporarily.  


Eventually, your sensitivity to caffeine will increase. Then, when you feel a migraine coming on, drink one or two cups of a caffeinated beverage to circumvent that blood vessel dilation and stop the migraine in its tracks.

 

Cluster

Characterized by intense, throbbing pain, cluster headaches typically occur on only one side of the head. 


They can last anywhere from 15 minutes to three hours and recur up to eight times in 24 hours. Moreover, the retreat period can be for weeks or months before another cluster strikes. 


To treat them, people often use strong prescriptive drugs like ergotamine, or undergo nerve decompression surgery.

However, before resorting to these extreme methods, you can try more natural alternatives like biofeedback, acupuncture, and supplemental magnesium (500 mg twice daily). 

 

Eyestrain

 

Eyestrain headaches are common these days – almost universally because of the continuous staring at our glowing screens. The obvious solution is to take breaks (at least five minutes per hour), during which you should look into the middle and far distance.


And, of course, if you wear glasses, make sure you are wearing the correct prescription!  


On a final note, we want to share some quick do’s and don’ts that might reduce the intensity of your headaches! 


DO:
 Put a pencil between your teeth, but don’t bite down. Doing this will relax the muscles and will distract you from the pain.


DO
: Wear sunglasses; bright lights can lead to squinting and, subsequently, a headache. 


DO:
 Sleep on your back; lying on your stomach can cause neck muscle contraction, triggering a headache. 


DON’T
Chew gum. The repetitive motion of chomping can tighten jaw-closing muscles, causing your head to pound. 


DON’T:
 Put on astringent perfume. Strong scents with high alcoholic concentrations may bring on a headache. 

 

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