Headaches are a frustrating and painful interruption to your day. Here are some ideas to help you deal with your tension headache before taking medication.
If you have a tension headache, the first thing you should try is finding the cause.
- Have you been at your computer or desk all day?
- Are you tired and therefore sitting incorrectly?
- Are you dealing with a lot of stress in your work and/or home life?
- Is there a lot of noise coming from your children?
- Are you thirsty?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the first part of the solution can be simple.
- Take a computer break: Go for a walk outside or around the office or house.
- Correct your posture: Straighten your back and square up your shoulders. Bring your shoulders down into a relaxed position and make sure that you are not wearing your them as earrings. Assess your work set up; does your chair need to be higher or lower?
- Reduce your stress: Stress can be a difficult thing to fix in the moment, but you can take simple measures to lessen stress in your life. For example: If you have a lot on your mind use lists to organize yourself.
- Reduce the noise level: Get your children to change the activity they are doing, or change the location of yourself or your children. Take 20 in a quiet space.
- Drink Water: Dehydration is a major cause of headaches. If you are feeling thirsty your body needed water about a half of an hour ago. Drink a glass of water and wait for 30 minutes to see if your headache subsides. To prevent a dehydration headache drink one cup of water every hour. If you get into a routine of drinking water at the top of the hour, eventually you will not have to think about your water intake. And YES, water is the best liquid to drink.
- Rest: If you are able to rest, lay down for 15 to 20 minutes and relax.
- Peppermint: Peppermint is an essential oil with many properties. One of these properties is head ache relief. If you dab peppermint on your temples, above our eyes, at the base of your skull, and even on the soles of your feet, it may give you the boost that you require to get past your headache. Saje has a peppermint roller that is handy if this remedy works for you.
- Suboccipital pressure: Your subocciput is at the base of your skull and if your headaches rest there or above your eyes there is a good chance the tension is in your suboccipital muscles. If you feel for the bony ridge on the back of your head, at the base of your skull you will find your subocciput. Using two or three fingers and decent pressure, walk your fingers along this ridge until you find an area that is quite sore. Hold this point for about a minute and then see if you can find any more sources of soreness. There may be multiple points to address.
- Acupressure points: Acupressure is a simple way to relieve headache pain. Here is a link to a Youtube video that will give you a visual on how to find the correct acupressure sites on your hands and your temples. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOTwlJbNlaI
- Call your local Massage Therapist. Of course! 780.206.7327