Headaches come in many forms and because there is not only one type of headache that means there is no one-size fits all treatment for headaches. Find out which type of headache you are experiencing and what natural treatment options that could help you combat them.
A rebound headache is most common with overuse of medications. If you take a pain reliever or an NSAID more than two times each week you are at a higher risk for rebound headaches. Finding out which medication is causing the rebound is the first step in feeling better. Discuss with your physicians and find out if there are other options available that may not have this side effect.
This is the most common type of headache with mild to moderate pain. Usually the pain is in the forehead, temples, back of the head and neck. Many times these are due to being over stressed, anxious, fatigued and angry. Try adding in activities that make you relaxed such as meditation and acupuncture. If you can get your anxiety under control you will tense less, meaning less headaches.
These headaches are from a dental condition. Grinding your teeth and TMJ are common culprits for dental headaches. Talk to your dentist and find something that reduced the pain such as heat or cold therapy, mouth guards, and stretching.
Migraines are often one-sided pain, and are moderate to severe pain. They can interfere with daily activities and often include sensitivity to light and sound. When migraines become chronic you should speak to your orthopaedic physical about BOTOX® injections for chronic migraines. Normally your brain sends electrical messages to your muscles so that they can contract and move. The electrical message is transmitted to the muscle by a substance called acetylcholine. BOTOX® works to block the release of acetylcholine and, as a result, the muscle doesn’t receive the message to contract. This means that the muscle spasms stop or are greatly reduced after using BOTOX®, providing predictable and reliable relief from symptoms.
Sinus headaches are from swollen sinuses. These are often described as feeling pressure or throbbing around the eyes and brow line, cheeks and forehead. They often worsen when bending over or laying down. For these headaches you should alternate heat and cold around the sinuses. Apply a cool pack for 3 minutes and switch with a warm towel for 30 seconds. Do this three times and hopefully you will be on the way to decreased pressure and pain.
These headaches come in groups and can be severe. Often these headaches are on one side of the head. They can include bloodshot eyes and runny nose on the same side where you are feeling pain. Cluster headaches are short lived, lasting between 15 minutes and 3 hours each. Make sure you are getting enough sleep and you can try applying pressure to the brow line or temple and rub in a circular motion. That are wraps and bands that you can purchase to help ease pain by applying pressure.
In addition to these suggestions, remember that lifestyle plays a big part in your overall health. Drink plenty of water everyday because often headaches begin because you are dehydrated, which can turn into a migraine. Regular exercise, keeping a healthy weight and avoiding certain foods such as alcohol, caffeine, MSG, an d processed meats and cheeses.