Have you ever had a headache so bad it’s made you want to hide and crawl under a dark blanket?
Headaches and migraines can be annoying or even debilitating.
So is it really possible that… You Don’t Need Painkillers To Ease Headaches And Migraines?
A headache from your shoulder?
They often feel like they come from nowhere and can ruin your day… but actually, science shows us most come from shoulder and/or neck pain!
This is because those muscles easily become tense.
If you’ve suffered from neck and/or shoulder pain or have experienced tension in your neck, often the pain can travel up to the top of your neck where your spine meets the back of your head.
This can sometimes make your head feel heavy. If the pain persists, then it’s very likely to cause a headache.
Something to consider when thinking about headaches and migraines is how you eat. Some foods such as aged cheese, salty and processed foods can provoke a headache or migraine.
Highly caffeinated drinks and alcohol can also bring them on. If you drink more than 3 caffeinated drinks a day, you’re more likely to struggle with headaches or migraines.
Did You Know That You Can Get Warning Signs, 1-2 Days Beforehand Of An Up-coming Migraine?
Some of these subtle signs could include:
- Drastic mood changes
- Unusual food cravings
- Neck stiffness (like I’ve just mentioned above!)
- Increased thirst
- Frequent yawning
So… How Do You Ease Headaches & Migraines Without The Use Of Painkillers?
Heat therapy – This is something that is very simple to do and you’ve probably already done some form of this without realising!
Heat therapy is applying heat to where it hurts, which in this instance, is your head.
Another form of heat therapy would be having a hot soak in the bath or having a hot shower. If you would prefer to apply heat directly to the pain then here’s a quick tip I use…
A hand warmer on your head?
This may sound funny but apply a hand warmer to where it hurts. They are cheap enough to buy and all you have to do is crack the hand warmer for it to heat up.
They normally come in a cloth pouch so you won’t scold yourself and it’s the perfect size. Think of it as an ice pack for your face, but hot!
Physiotherapy is one of the best ways of getting rid of a headache and migraine.
A lot of the time your headache and/or migraine pain is coming from elsewhere such as your shoulders or neck.
Although you could go and see a beautician for a massage or go to a spa even, the beauticians don’t apply the right pressure to ease the pain. Simply because they aren’t trained in how to do this properly.
Once a physio has eased your shoulder and/or neck pain, there’s a strong chance you’ll notice your headache or migraine has eased, if not gone!
Relax those muscles…
Muscle relaxation exercises are also a great way to ease headaches and migraines.
Muscle relaxation exercises include Yoga, neck stretching and even meditation!
These help in a similar way to physiotherapy; they ease the root cause of your pain.
Again, if your muscles are relaxed, there’s a stronger chance your headache or migraine will be eased.
This is key to easing headaches and migraines and often gets overlooked.
More Top Tips to Prevent or Ease Headaches without Painkillers
Keep your sleeping patterns consistent – Try to get between 7-8 hours sleep a night and you’ll be good, but make sure it’s on a regular basis.
Changing your sleeping pattern can leave your body confused, especially if you sleep more some days than others.
Keep a headache or migraine diary – It may seem obvious but this is a very useful tool. It helps you to spot patterns, triggers and even warning signs a few days beforehand.
Create a daily routine you can stick to – Stress can cause headaches and migraines too. So a simple daily routine will keep you organised and less likely to feel stressed during the day.
Never skip meals – Skipping meals can sometimes result in headaches and migraines because your blood sugar levels can fall, resulting in the dreaded pain.
Keep hydrated as well, since this is one of the most common causes of headaches. Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily and you’ll find this really helps.
I hope you found this blog post helpful!
If you did, please do like and share this post so we can help more people live a better life without painkillers!
And if you need additional advice or support with persistent headaches or migraines, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we’d be delighted to help!
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Thanks for reading…
Founder & Specialist Physiotherapist at The Markland Clinic