You may suffer a ‘rebound’ headache when you take too many tablets.
Here are some natural ways to ease pain
One in 50 of us suffer ‘rebound headache’ because we pop too many painkillers over a long time.
Medical advice is to take painkillers no more than two days a week.
Here are ways to ease the pain without tablets.
1) Take your thumb for a walk over your big too
In reflexology, your big toe relates to your head and applying pressure on it is said to help ease headache and migraines.
Denise Whichello Brown, author of the Reflexology Healing Bible, says: “Thumb-walk from the outer edge of the base of the
big toe up the outside, over the top and down the inside. Then thumb-walk up the back of the big toe from the base to the tip.”
2) Tennis balls advantage
Take two tennis balls and place them side by side in a sock so they’re in a ‘peanut shape’.
Now lie on your back and place the balls where your head meets your neck.
Slowly, tuck your chin down towards your chest as if nodding and repeat for one minute as the balls massage the neck.
Then, move your head from side to side as if saying no.
This helps soothe the suboccipital muscles that are a major cause of tension headaches.
3) Gulp down a glass of water
A headache may be a sign that your body needs more water.
Some experts say that when you’re mildly to moderately dehydrated, the blood vessels in the brain narrow
in an attempt to regulate body fluid levels, causing a headache.
So, if you think you haven’t drunk enough water during the day, glug a glass.
4) Eat something
Going too long without eating can trigger a headache.
Alexis Poole, registered nutritionist at Spoon Guru says:
“In your body, your brain requires the most energy to function.
If glucose levels drop too low, it’s one of the first areas affected, and a headache can be a symtom.”
You should aim to eat healthy, balanced meals at regular times, buit you’re out of routine, keep healthy snacks handy.
Try wholegrain oatcakes, a banana or natural yogurt with fruit.
5) Have a cup of cayenne
Capsaicin is the active ingredient in cayenne pepper and it’s been shown to bring pain relief to migraine sufferers.
It works by desensiting nerve endings.
“A quick and easy way to consume cayenne pepper? Mix one teaspoon with lemon juice in a cup of warm water and drink.”
6) Nod your head
Lots of headache are cause by tension in the neck muscles (often the results of sleeping awkwardly or
hunching at your desk all day). Gentle neck streches can ease muscles tightness and help ease the pain.
Try the Head Nod: “Drop your head down, tucking the chin in towards the upper chest.”
“Lift your head and look slightly up.
Continue to nod your head slowly and smoothly.”
7) Turn off your computer
Too much screen time can lead to ‘computer vision syndrome’ with symptoms including dry, burning eyes and headaches.
“Some people also have an underlying difficulty where the eyes have reduce stamina for focusing or working together.
Others may simply need glasses – so, see your optician.
8) Slip on your sunglasses
“Bright sunlight and glare from reflected sunlight can trigger migraines and headache in some people.”
“Opt for polarises sunglasses that have special filters which block glare.”