Headaches: 5 Tips for Effective Treatment

There’s not much worse than a pounding headache, particularly when you have things to do. Headaches are one of the most common ailments and millions of people suffer headaches or migraines – headaches can prevent you from working to your full capacity and they stop you from enjoying life. If you regularly suffer from headaches your first step should be to get a check-up to rule out any contributing health condition. If your headaches are not caused by another illness or condition, follow the five steps below to get some much-needed relief.

How to Ease Headaches

1. Visit a chiropractor.

It may not immediately be obvious, but a visit to a chiropractor is the ideal way to start treating your headaches. Spinal manipulation can help treat tension headaches and headaches that begin in the neck and shoulders. Tension headaches are very common – sitting at a desk or in front of a computer all day, as well as the general day-to-day strain of life, can produce a build-up of tension at the top of the spine, which causes headache pain. A chiropractic treatment helps realign the spine, remove tension, and promote better posture for future headache-free days.

2. Know your triggers.

Headaches, when they are not linked to another illness or condition, are normally triggered by something in the environment or your diet. For example, common headache triggers include bright lights and loud noise, changes in blood sugar levels, or foods like dairy, chocolate, or processed meats. Keep a “headache diary” recording the important elements of the day and when headaches occur – you may be able to spot a pattern in order to lessen the incidence of headaches throughout the week.

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3. Change your posture.

As your chiropractor will tell you, sitting and standing in the wrong way puts too much stress and strain on your joints – when the pressure is in the neck and the shoulders, headaches are likely to occur. Practice sitting in the correct posture with proper alignment of your head over your shoulders – slumping creates pressure in the wrong places.

4. Take regular exercise.

You can also help lessen stress and increase flexibility by staying active. Exercise can reduce the incidence of headaches as well as make you feel better overall.

5. Stay hydrated.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day in order to prevent dehydration – a common cause of headaches.

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