Headaches are something that unite us. Whether you’re one of the lucky few who only has them on occasion… or whether you’re affected with them on a daily basis, it can be a familiar sensation for many.
“It feels like a vice around my head.”
“I get a shooting pain into my temples.”
“It starts at the back of my head and radiates around, even my eyes can feel sore.”
The problem with headaches
If you struggle with headaches, you’ll know how debilitating they can be. They can leave us feeling crabby, tired, tearful and short-tempered. And understandably so! Headaches can emerge from various sources – fatigue, stress, or even not giving our bodies the hydration they need.
So here are our five top tips for dealing with headaches.
Step 1: Hydration Station
Water often holds the key to diminishing headaches. Ensuring that we maintain adequate hydration throughout the day is a gift to our bodies. Keep a trusty water bottle by your side and sip thoughtfully – it’s a small action that can yield significant relief from those nagging headaches.
Step 2: Embracing Restorative Sleep
Sleep offers us a chance to reset and renew. Prioritising the right amount of sleep is vital for restorative sleep. Crafting a bedtime ritual that soothes your senses and invites restfulness can help you wake up feeling brighter. Hint: If you wake up with headaches, this could be a sign that you’re clenching or grinding your teeth at night. This is called nocturnal bruxism and it can be a good idea to speak to your chiropractor and dentist about it!
Step 3: Check your neck
Headaches that arise from problems in the neck or upper back are so common they have their own name- cervicogenic headaches. Joint stiffness, muscle tension, poor posture and stress can all contribute to problems in the neck that can lead to headaches. If you find your headaches are worse towards the end of the day, this could be the likely culprit.
Step 4: Feeding Your Mind and Body Well
Our food choices can have a profound impact on our headaches. Opt for nourishing snacks like vibrant fruits, fresh veggies, and wholesome nuts. By steering clear of sugary treats and greasy fast foods, we offer our brains the sustenance they crave, which in turn aids in keeping headaches at bay. Ultra-processed foods contain preservatives and high levels of sodium which can trigger headaches and migraines. If you’re interested in finding out more about this, we highly recommend Chris van Tulleken’s book!
Step 5: Get Moving
Physical activity is a powerful tool against headaches. Incorporating movement into your daily routine, be it a sport you love, a dance session, or a leisurely stroll, can make a remarkable difference. It has a profound impact on our physical and mental health, giving us healthier bodies and reducing stress. Movement isn’t just about the body – it’s a journey towards holistic well-being.
Here’s a quick video to show an at-home release you can do to relieve pain from headaches.
A Note of Curiosity
If you frequently struggle with headaches, you’ll be pleased to know that chiropractic care is proven effective in the management of headaches, and migraine prevention.
Come and see us, and let’s get to the root cause of your headaches.