Headaches are one of the most common complaints among our patients at Motus Integrative Health. The World Health Organization estimates that about half of adults regularly experience headaches, and the symptoms can be debilitating in some cases. While it’s not possible to prevent every headache, patients can prepare in advance to deal with symptoms effectively as they happen. Below, our chiropractors provide six tips to reduce head pain intensity and frequency while supporting your overall health. Contact our office today to start your wellness journey.
When you feel the start of a headache coming on, you want relief as soon as possible. One of the most tried-and-true methods for immediate headache relief is by using a cold or hot compress. Migraines are sometimes managed by applying a cold pack to the forehead for about 15 minutes at a time. Wrap ice cubes in a towel, use an ice bag or take a cold shower. Heat can also be used to treat headaches. Tension headaches, particularly those that occur in the neck and shoulders, can be treated by targeting the muscle tension in those areas.
When you are in the middle of a migraine, it may be painful to look at bright lights. Photophobia is a common symptom of migraine headaches, and as a result, it is often best to go to a dark room and close your eyes. Blackout curtains and sunglasses can also reduce the impact of lights and even help prevent migraines that are triggered by flickering light sources from screens.
Sleep is an important part of our well-being. If possible, take a short nap and allow yourself to rest rather than trying to work through the pain. Additionally, focus on improving your sleep for long-term relief. Evidence suggests that sleeping too much or too little is closely tied to headaches and migraines.
While many people understandably wish to prevent headaches altogether, headaches happen regardless of our best efforts. That being said, there are a few healthy habits that can reduce the chances of headaches, as well as provide relief when you are in the midst of one:
Everyone’s experiences with headaches are unique, so seek customized pain relief with a dependable chiropractor. Motus Integrative Health proudly delivers a full range of holistic treatments to help our patients achieve better health. Call now to schedule your visit.
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