Headaches can make it hard to work, play, and even think! Sometimes headaches are a result of a medical condition, but often in today’s busy world, they can be a result of too much screen time, poor ergonimics, or even dehydration. While there are plenty of over-the-counter medicines that you can take to help a headache, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, a pill is typically not the solution. Here are some natural remedies for preventing or minimizing headaches.
Natural Headache Remedies
- Rest – Give your body a break and lie down. Don’t fight your body’s need to close your eyes and relax.
- Ice your forehead – A cold wet washcloth or a cold compress may help your headache temporarily or make it disappear.
- Get (or give yourself) a massage – Gentle pressure on the temples or other tight muscles can relieve pain.
- Drink more water – Headaches can be a sign of dehydration. Try to consume more water throughout the day, rather than all at once or just at meals.
- Avoid stress – Stress can lead to tension and headaches. Reduce stress by doing things you enjoy such as yoga, exercise, reading, or a hobby.
- Unplug for a bit – Eyestrain can cause headaches and muscle stiffness, so if you are spending hours in front of a computer, stand up and take a break. Text neck can also cause neck aches and headaches.
- Get adjusted – Chiropractic adjustments can be very effective for treating tension headaches, especially if they originate in the neck. Chiropractic can also help with migraines. If headaches are affecting your quality of life, we can help by offering advice and chiropractic treatment.
“I contacted Caspers Chiropractic at the beginning of December because I could hardly stand up straight or walk without being in a lot of pain. I also suffer from migraines, and since I’ve been going to Caspers, I have less of them…”
– Nicole C.
- Stretch out your neck – Gently stretch your neck and try products like a therapy cane to loosen tight muscles or knots that are creating tension.
- Sleep well – If you have not been sleeping well, it may be time to look at the quality of your pillow and bed and if it is right for you. Generally, it is better to sleep on your side or back, rather than your stomach.
- Adjust your ergonomics – Pay attention to how you are looking down at your phone, looking up at your monitor, or slouching. Make ergonomic adjustments as needed to minimize long periods in one position.
These tips will help make prevent or minimize headaches. An important part of your neck and spinal health is keeping your body adjusted with regular chiropractic appointments and expert advice from your chiropractor. You can reach Caspers Chiropractic in Hutchinson at 320-587-2292, or Shakopee at 952-977-9933. You can also click here to schedule an appointment. We’re ready to help! For more health tips and insight, follow the Caspers Facebook page.