There are many different types of headaches including tension headaches, sinus headaches, cluster headaches, migraines, and so on. Many people struggle to find relief for their headaches and wonder if there is anything that can help. Read more to find out 7 tips that can help your headaches.
Tip #1: Avoid Certain Foods
Caffeine, aged cheeses, alcohol (particularly beer and wine), chocolate, processed meats, and foods heavy in preservatives are some foods notorious for triggering headaches. You may want to try an elimination diet to find out if any of these foods are a trigger.
Tip #2: Avoid Smoking
There is a strong association between smoking and migraines. The reason is unknown and once thought to be caused by nicotine. Carbon monoxide levels and allergic sensitivity to smoke are other factors. No matter there seems to be correlation between smoking and the triggering of headaches.
Tip #3: Find Ways to Relax
Headaches are much more common to occur when stressed. Stress is known to make the symptoms worse when a headache is occurring. There are many ways to reduce stress including meditation, getting a massage, listening to music…find what helps you relax.
Tip #4: Exercise Gently
Moving your body in a fun, healthy way is important for helping your headache. It’s important to not make the exercise too intense because overdoing your exercise can act as a trigger for headaches. Be sure to find an enjoyable exercise that moves your body, increases heart rate, and has you feeling good. Exercise is a phenomenal way to reduce tension and we know tension is a big culprit behind headaches.
Tip# 5: Improve Your Sleep Habits and Hygiene
Sleep loss and oversleeping are common headache triggers. It is important to have a regular sleep schedule. Do not eat to late. Avoid TV/cell phone/artificial light a couple hours prior to bed. Meditation and stretching are often helpful before bedtime. Daily exercise helps with sleep. Get morning and evening sunshine. Sleep hygiene is critical for headaches and overall health.
Tip #6: Have You Heard Of Myosfascial Release
Stress causes muscles to become tense and muscle tension can cause headaches. Finding a physical therapist who is an expert in myofascial release can be a great way to help begin alleviating that stress and tension. We recommend John Barnes Myofascial Release because it is a GENTLE way to reduce tension and stress.
Tip #7: Improve Your Posture
Posture and headaches often go hand in hand. If you spend lots of time sitting the chances are you will have a slouching, forward head posture. This type of posture puts a lot of strain and tension on the neck, shoulder, and back.
Pay attention throughout the day and move yourself into a different posture. Posture is another thing a physical therapist can help you with improving.
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