There are many ways to cope with attacks of headache, one of them by taking analgesics. But there are also some alternative ways to remove the pain of headache:
This is a method of using electronic sensors to monitor body functions such problems as muscle tension, skin temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. Description of the patient’s condition will usually look through voice or image on the computer. Studies show that biofeedback is effective for migraine and tension in the head. A recent analysis published in the journal Headache showed behavioral therapy, such as biofeedback, more cost effective than prescription drugs.
In the method of acupuncture, thin needles inserted under the skin layer to realign energy flow, or qi, in the body. An analysis by experts known as the Cochrane review found that acupuncture can help prevent acute migraine with fewer side effects. Evidence also suggests that acupuncture may help people with chronic headaches.
For temporary relief of headache, you can try to rub his temples or neck, back, head, or shoulders. “You’ll feel better temporarily, but then you have to do it again,” said Salwa H. Hanna, MD, owner and medical director of the Headache Clinic of Denver. In a small study, patients with migraine who get massage for six weeks, the frequency of migraine tends to diminish and get better sleep quality.
Stretch to reduce muscle tension that contributes to pain. Try these three movements: the movement of the neck (chin forward, upward, and to the left and right); shoulder movement (movement of the shoulders up, rotate the shoulders to the front and rear), and isometric neck (hands pressed on each side of the head) . Stretch twice a day for 20 minutes per session. Hold the stretch for five seconds, relax for five seconds, and repeat each stretch three to five times.
Various meditation techniques can be used to focus attention and calms the mind from distractions such as chronic pain. At this point, there is little data on the effects of meditation on migraines. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in Baltimore, who was involved in clinical trials try to determine whether Vipassana – an ancient Indian meditation technique that focuses on the mind – can reduce the frequency and severity of migraine and improve the overall quality of life. A little research on migraine sufferers find that spiritual meditation reduces the frequency of headache and pain tolerance better than secular meditation and muscle relaxation.
A small study of headache involves two groups of migraine patients were randomly assigned to yoga therapy for three months. The result, compared with the control group, fewer yoga participants experienced headache attacks.
Took a deep breath, relax listening to music or using mental imagery, can help people relax and perhaps avoid a headache. This finding needs further research.
However, a study of 90 headache sufferers found that relaxation training can improve quality of sleep better than acupuncture.
Hot and cold therapy
Anyone can use this therapy. In fact, there is no risk for pregnant women with headache. To relieve tension in your neck, you can give the sensation of heat to the back of the neck. For headache, you can also put ice into the temple area.
According to the explanation of Edmund Messina, MD, a physician who practiced in Michigan Headache Clinic, arteries that supply blood to the dura (the lining of the brain) is located behind a thin layer of bone in the temple area. “Dura gets inflamed when you have migraine. Lowering the temperature of the blood vessels that pass through the area is believed to relieve pain that arises,” he said.
Avoid nitrates and nitrites
The experts recommend to avoid substances that can stimulate headaches, including nitrite and nitrate in processed meats and monosodium glutamate (MSG) used in foods as a flavor enhancer. Some heart medications also contain nitrates.
Meanwhile, caffeine, alcohol, phenylethylamine (found in chocolate and cheese), tyramine (found in nuts and fermented meats, cheeses, and soy), and aspartame (artificial sweetener in many foods) is a partial trigger of headaches.
Botox injections have been FDA approved to treat people with chronic migraine. Two large studies funded by Allergan (makers of Botox), showed decreased frequency of headaches. But the group that received placebo injections also showed improvement. However, some still question the effectiveness of the therapy. “Botox produces euphoria in those who are addicted to it, but I have not ever see how it works,” says Dr. Messina.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation
A recent study found, when patients get transcranial magnetic stimulation on the brain, they get better help in troubleshooting headaches than those treated with placebo. This is a noninvasive therapy that lasts for one or two hours and is performed in a specialized clinic.
Therapy is done by placing an electromagnetic coil to close the head to send a signal or wave. However, transcranial magnetic stimulation is still considered an experimental therapy to treat migraines.
Problem of recurrent headaches in the future may be resolved with the use of electrodes implanted in the neck or brain to relieve pain.
One type of therapy called occipital nerve stimulation, emerged as a promising treatment in the treatment of cluster headache and migraine, although this therapy remains to be studied through large-scale studies. In this treatment, electrodes implanted at the base of the skull, near the occipital nerve.
Regular aerobic exercise, like brisk walking, cycling, or swimming, can reduce the intensity and frequency of migraines, according to the National Pain Foundation. A small study published in the journal Headache of migraine patients who do exercise regularly for 12-weeks with cycling in the room showed, there is improved quality of life and reduced the incidence of migraine, and pain intensity.