We have all had them and I know I have caused more than one of them as well 😉 It is one of the top reasons why people call in sick every day. Well, let’s break it down. There are two categories of headaches.
Primary Headaches and Secondary Headaches.
According to the National Headache Foundation, 37 Million people suffer from a Migraine and headache. This form of a headache can be debilitating and as yet there is no known cure. Different things trigger people in different ways. Stress may bring them on for some people or a change in hormones even food allergies can bring them on.
These types of headaches fall into the primary headache category. The secondary category includes neck injuries tumor or other pathologies that would need more intensive treatment so we will focus on the primary headaches for this article.
Although it’s not a cure there are some acupuncture and acupressure points that have been found to be effective for many people.
Since most of us can’t do acupuncture on ourselves at home or in the office, let’s just stick with acupressure 😉
There are several points in the face that are very effective, I actually used this a lot after long hours at the computer.
These are suggestions from a great article from Choice Chiropractic and Wellness Center, P.C from Pennsylvania.
Your third eye. Using your thumb put pressure on your third eye area which is located smack dab in between your eyebrows. Now we aren’t talking about trying to snap a snap closed on your jeans, not that kind of pressure, a light pressure is sufficient.
Under your Eyebrows. This is my favorite one, I do this and I almost immediately get relief. It is located under your eyebrow slightly inside the ridge closer to your third eye. Apply gentle rubbing pressure I prefer circular in nature.
Under your Cheekbones. According to Choice Chiropractic, “These points are located near your nostrils, exactly below the pupil. These points provide the quickest relief for serious headaches.”
Have you ever had a stress-related headache like this guy hunkered over his laptop? We just finished our third book and there were several times I looked just like that guy! How funny I keep my coffee on the left as well. I started having tension headaches after I realized I was staring at the computer for hours and hours on end.
According to the American Migraine Foundation 1 in 4 households, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men suffer from Migraines.
I know for me stress and relaxation play a big part. Nothing helps more than a great massage and deep breathing a nice walk in a calming park or hitting the yoga mat.
Foods that help with a headache
This is a great article from Woman’s Day,
“Dehydration is a major cause of headaches, explains Stella Metsovas, BS, CN, a nutritionist in private practice in Laguna Beach, California. So instead of popping a pain pill next time your head throbs, consider reaching for water-rich foods, like watermelon. “The natural water contained in both fruits and vegetables contains essential minerals, like magnesium, that are key in headache prevention,” she says. Try this tasty, hydrating watermelon smoothie: In a blender, combine 2 cups seeded watermelon chunks, 1 cup cracked ice, ½ cup plain yogurt, a drizzle of honey and ½ tsp grated ginger. Blend and enjoy. (Bonus: The ginger can help ease headache-induced nausea symptoms!) Other foods with high water content include berries, cucumber, melon, soups, oatmeal, tomatoes, and lettuce.”
Grab a Big Salad
Salads are lush with water-bearing ingredients, chuck it full of cucumbers and crunchy organic romaine and spinach and baby greens. Toss in some tri-color peppers and radish and tomatoes. I love to throw in a bit of cilantro and drizzle with Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil a splash of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar it’s the only vinegar we use, and a touch of Honey.
That ought to perk you right up!
Take good care and stay connected,
Miriam Vigoa and Kristi Linebaugh
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