SHOULD I TREAT MY OWN HEADACHES?
Each year, almost three quarters of our population suffers from headaches. These headaches will range in severity for many people. The pain experienced can be anything from a dull pain to a severe migraine attack that brings with it many other unpleasant symptoms.
If you are one of the unfortunate people who suffer from regular or severe headaches, you probably have your own way of dealing with them. Unfortunately, these don’t always work, but there are ways to prevent frequent headaches.
THE MOST POPULAR SELF-HELP HEADACHE REMEDIES
Over-the-Counter Pain Relief
Painkillers usually kick in after about 30 minutes and are usually quite effective at relieving headaches or at last taking the edge off the pain. The problem begins when they stop working. If you take painkillers on a regular basis, your body can begin to build an immunity to the drugs they contain and you may find that you need to take stronger medication.
Drinking Plenty of Water
Dehydration is one of the most common causes of a headache and can be our first indication that we are dehydrated. Drinking a tall, cool glass of water the moment you start to feel that familiar dull ache can be all it takes to prevent further symptoms.
Finding A Quiet, Dark Room
Light sensitivity is a common headache trigger and aggravator. That is why our natural instinct when we have a headache is to find a quiet, dark room in which to lie down and relax.
Another natural instinct when we have a headache is to massage the scalp, temples and neck. In fact, this can bring almost instant relief while the massage is in progress. Massage is great for relieving tension and easing the localized pain of a headache.
When Self-Help Treatments No Longer Work
There are many ways to treat a headache yourself, but if you are experiencing regular and prolonged headaches, it is time to book a consultation with the National Headache Institute.
Frequent headaches need professional diagnosis in order to find an effective treatment plan that works for you in the long term. Simply reaching for the painkillers might be easy, but it could be causing more underlying damage to your body.
The headache experts at the National Headache Institute offer a wide range of treatment options that are tailored to your exact needs. Whether you are suffering from chronic migraine, cluster headaches or tension headaches, we can help identify the cause. We will then determine the right treatment to bring you sustained relief and often, a permanent cure.
Speak to us today and free yourself from headache pain and the endless search for the right treatment. Get your headache diagnosis today. Call us or use our contact form to book a consultation.