Headache Remedies of Various Types

There are a variety of types of headaches.  Because of this, it can be difficult to know what headache remedies will be most effective for you.  Since the most common form is the tension headache, this is the likely place to start our discussion.  More and more, people are turning to natural and alternative ways to deal with their headaches everyday.  This is partly due to the way that prescription drugs affect our bodies. As more people are turning away from the ‘take a pill and call me in the morning’ type of healthcare advice, it is up to us to take care of our own health.  This has always been the case, it’s just becoming more widely accepted.

Some of the remedies you’ll read about here are common sense, others may be new to you.  At this point, you’re probably ready to try about anything.  You’ve probably been through all the ‘normal’ routes to finding headache relief.  If those have failed, why not try some of these natural headache remedies, you’ve got nothing to lose.  In fact, many of these remedies are completely harmless and are probably good practices to adopt into part of a healthy lifestyle anyway.  So, let’s get started.

Migraine Remedies

There is nothing exceptionally different about the migraine treatment except that it is much more common to be prescribed migraine medication for it.  This is because most migraine causes are unknown.  Therefore, you can follow many of the same techniques listed for your migraine.  A particular study of interest has been published in the Journal of Manipulative Therapeutics (JMPT) showing that chiropractic care as effective if not better than any migraine headache remedies.

Home Remedies for Headaches

These home remedies for headaches could have just as easily been called ‘job remedies for…’ or ‘life remedies…’ because they need not happen at home.  Here are some of the more common ones in no special order.

  • drink more water – one of the most common forms of headache is the result of dehydration.  This is especially true in our desert climate.
  • exercise – this may seem counter-intuitive, but mild exercise, like walking, can help.  Exercise will help get your blood moving, more oxygen and toxin removal can mean a quicker resolution to your headache pain.
  • ice – this could be an ice pack, a frozen bag of peas or an iced towel.  It can give you some immediate relief when placed on the forehead or back of the neck.  A headache back of head can really be helped with this method
  • hot shower – the warm water can ease tight muscles and reduce pain as it washes over your head and neck
  • aromatherapy – a more recent therapy making its way to the West.  Scented oils can be infused into soap (can be used in combination with the hot shower method) or used in a diffuser, even rubbed on the skin to help your body relax. Lavender and eucalyptus are the best oils for this.
  • diet – certain foods can actually be triggers for migraine symptoms to appear.  Also, minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium have been shown to be helpful to alleviate certain migrane pain.  Since many migraine causes are still unknown, you may wish to do some of these natural methods yourself.  There are also herbal remedies for headaches.  If you wish to try supplements and herbs, consult with your local health care practitioner first for safety sake.
  • massage – this could be of the head and neck using your own hands or from a license massage therapist.
  • chiropractic – by far our most favorite method!  We’re biased here, but Network Spinal Analysis care has been shown to help people with a wide range of physical conditions or concerns.

If you’ve tried some of these or similar headache remedies to no avail, then you should contact us today and make an appointment to see how we can help you.   Our chiropractor Gilbert AZ office helps people like you every week.  We look forward to meeting you soon.


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