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Do you suffer with migraines?

Posted: 7th Sep 2018

Headaches are one of the most common forms of chronic pain. Anyone who's suffered the splitting pain of a headache — especially a migraine — knows how difficult it can be to drive, work, and even carry on a conversation while your head is pounding.

But when a headache strikes, you can do more than just crawl into bed and wait for it to go away. There are effective headache treatments available and ways to find quick relief.

Fortunately, many headaches can be eased without medication, which will help minimize your need for pain relievers and reduce your risk of rebound headaches. So, while you’re at work at home or out and about, here are some tips for headache relief:

Close your eyes and rest. This is an effective headache treatment for a migraine headache, and can help ease a tension headache as well.

Sit in a quiet, dark room with your eyes closed and just relax for a bit.  

Massaging your neck and temples can also improve blood flow and soothe tension headaches.

Warm up your neck and try putting a heating pad or a warm cloth around your neck and the base of your skull to ease tension headaches. If that doesn't help, you can apply an ice pack instead to see if that brings you headache relief.

You need to relax. Maybe try meditating, breathing deeply, and try to visualize a peaceful image. Various relaxation techniques can significantly help people who suffer from 'muscle contraction' headaches.

Minimizing stress can help if you have a bad headache. Try to step away from stress, literally. Avoid noisy environments, leave work a little early if you can, or ask your partner to take care of chores or the kids.

Watch what you eat and drink. What you put into your body can have a big impact on your headaches. Try cutting out caffeine and alcohol and avoiding cigarettes. Regular meals are important for a headache, especially for people who get headaches from low blood sugar. Try not to skip meals, particularly breakfast!

A headache can certainly put your activities or work on hold until you're feeling better, but getting the right treatment can help you feel better, faster. Instead of trudging through your day with a headache, take time out to care for yourself. Medications can get your head to stop pounding, but a little relaxation and time for yourself can also help.