Have you ever felt that your head is going to split? Or maybe a throbbing pain on one side of your head?
Did nausea and sensitivity to light and sound accompany it?
If that is the case, You know where I am going with this.
More often than not, this could be Migraine, or most likely the beginning stage of it. Migraines can be extremely painful and distracting and can last for many hours to even days.
However, in addition to Taking Medication to reduce the pain, you can follow a few effective self-help remedies and a good lifestyle to lessen the suffering and combat the issue.
Here are 10 tips for quick relief from Migraine.
One of the most soothing and effective ways to relieve migraine pain is to massage your shoulders and neck. You may get it from a masseuse or do it yourself to ease the pain and reduce the built-up stress.
Acupressure is another effective technique to relieve migraines. Putting pressure on specific points in your body, called acupoints, promotes blood circulation and in turn, releases muscle tension.
To get relief from the pain caused by a migraine, locate the pressure point, LI-4 (Hegu). It is located between the base of the thumb and index finger or the point where a V forms connecting these two fingers.
Apply pressure on that point with your other thumb and move it in a circle. Do not put so much pressure that it hurts. You may do this for 5 minutes and continue the same process for the other hand.
You can do this as many times as you want in a day.
3) Turn of the lights
Bright lights can aggravate the pain further in case of a migraine. Turning the lights off or at least dimming it may make you feel better. If you are at a place where you do not have the option to dim the lights, you may slip on shades.
4) Be mindful of what and when you eat
Eating salty foods or processed foods that contain high levels of sodium may trigger migraines in some people. So, it is recommended to put your salt intake to a minimum if you are more prone to migraines.
Also, eating habits like skipping meals and fasting is another reason that triggers a migraine.
For that quick relief from the shooting pain, you may have a cup of coffee. However, make sure that you do not overdose yourself with caffeine as it will get worse when withdrawal kicks in.
5) Apply hot or cold packs
You may use temperature therapy to make the pain bearable and eventually soothe it. Apply a hot pack to reduce the tension and stress in the muscles or a cold pack to numb the pain sensors. Taking a bath will also give a similar result.
Stress is one of the primary triggers of a migraine. Leading a fast-paced hectic lifestyle is bound to trigger your migraine sooner than later. Do not wait for the weekend to de-stress or calm down. Find time to relax and get a grip on your stress by doing things that calm you down. Meditating is one effective way to relax and calm your mind.
7) Sniff the pain away
Some scents are known to relieve headaches and have a calming effect on people. The two most effective scents for this purpose are lavender and peppermint. These scents are known to dull the pain sensors and lower the anxiety. You may use essential oils of these flavors for this purpose.
8) Step away from the blue screen
Spending endless hours staring at your laptop or mobile screen is a sure-shot way of inviting migraines. While avoiding it completely is not possible, remember to take frequent breaks from the screens.
Step away from your device as soon as you realize your head might hurt. Relax your mind and give your eyes some much-needed rest.
9) Have ginger tea
According to recent studies, it was confirmed that ginger has a similar effect in reducing pain during migraines as that of pain meds prescribed for it. So, next time you face a painful episode, brew yourself a nice cup of ginger tea to relieve the pain.
10) Consult a doctor
Some times, no matter which remedy you try, it is not going to be effective in relieving the pain. In such cases, it is recommended to consult a doctor to understand the severity of the condition. The doctor may prescribe you medicines to either relieve the symptoms or reduce the frequency or severity.
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