There’s nothing more annoying than getting a headache, especially if it’s a recurring one. Worst of all, anything from lingering traumatic injuries, stress, to sitting in front of a computer all day can cause you to experience them. Popping a pill is a good short-term solution, but you cannot make it an essential part of your pain management regime, as medications have untold effects on the body, with some people even developing addictions to it. Cut down on your pill consumption and find more effective relief by following these pain-busting tips:
1. Eat and drink right
If you’re a busy worker, you might find that you drink plenty of energy drinks and coffee to keep going. Try to reduce your caffeine intake as this alone can cause headaches. Make sure you also consume several glasses of water every day to prevent dehydration headaches, and avoid alcohol, if you can. In addition, make sure you eat regularly and don’t wait too long between meals, as this can cause a blood sugar slump. Modify your diet to be non-inflammatory – cut out grains, dairy and processed foods, while ensuring you eat whole foods, plenty of vegetables and proteins. Consider adding probiotics to your diet.
2. Relax for better sleep
Make sure you’re getting enough sleep at night. Practice good sleep hygiene by dressing comfortably, sleeping in a dark room, and avoiding all screens for an hour before sleep. Dedicate time to “problem solve” well before bedtime. You can also start preparing for sleep earlier in your day by working on ways to reduce your day-to-day stress. This can be as simple as moderate exercise, which might keep you from tossing and turning at night.
3. Enjoy an aromatherapy massage
Soothing smells can help clear the mind and reduce stress. Scented aromatherapy oils such as eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint and rosemary have been shown to sooth headaches, and when massaged into the body, have even greater benefits. If your headache is tension related, unwinding those tight neck and shoulder muscles with an intensive massage could provide instant relief, also relaxing your body enough to aid sleep. This can also prevent stiffness after a workout.
4. Seek professional assistance
Did you know that TMJ can closely mimic sinus and tension type headaches, as well as migraines - see our previous blog for more information. Any headache that doesn’t respond to the above should be attended to by a TMJ expert. Ignoring persistent pain is not recommended, and you could compromise your future wellbeing by doing so. TMJ is simple and straightforward to treat, but the longer you wait to get treatment, the more your pain could worsen, so don’t hesitate to contact TMJ Centre Melbourne for assistance.
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