7 Drug-Free Ways to Manage Headache Pain

Do you frequently suffer from headaches? Are you curious about drug-free ways to treat your pain? Fortunately, there are plenty of holistic and chiropractic cures that have a good deal of success in patients who experience frequent tension headaches. At Pinnacle Health Chiropractic, Dr. Jason Ablett has worked closely with researchers of migraines and headaches. He can diagnose the root cause of your head pain and develop a customized treatment plan so you can live pain-free.

What causes headaches

There are many reasons for head pain, but the most common ones come from caffeine dependency, anxiety, bright lights, excessive amounts of sugar, and jaw clenching. More severe headaches, such as migraines, can result from undiagnosed tensions in the body. A discussion of your medical history and consultation with Dr. Ablett can help determine the cause of your headaches.

Drug-free headache treatment options

Over-the-counter painkillers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can cause heart and liver problems with excessive use. Next time you feel a headache coming on, try some of the following alternative methods:

1. Cold packs

Placing a cold pack, whether it’s ice or just a bag of frozen vegetables, on your forehead for 15 minutes can help relieve headache pain.

2. Heat

Conversely, placing a warm compress or heating pad on your forehead can soothe tension headaches. Warm showers or baths can also be helpful.

3. Easing pressure on your head

Believe it or not, some tension headaches can be caused by tight ponytails, hats, or headbands. Give your head a break from these things for a few hours each day.

4. Dimming the lights

Some people have headaches because they are sensitive to bright lights. Install dimmers in your home if you don’t already have them, leave your shades drawn, and try anti-glare glasses when using your computer.

5. Avoid chewing

You may want to avoid hard foods if your headache comes from clenching your jaw. Wearing a nightguard can help you avoid grinding your teeth in your sleep. 

6. Relaxation methods

Yoga, meditation, and other mindfulness techniques can help you keep calm and loosen your nerves when feeling stressed. Ask Dr. Ablett if physical therapy will work for you — particularly if your headaches come with neck spasms.

7. Get a massage

A physical therapist can provide temporary relief for the tension you carry in your body. You can also learn to do it yourself by massaging your neck and temples when stressed.

Learn more about drug-free treatment for chronic headaches

If you’re still struggling to relieve your headaches, you can schedule a consultation by calling 425-368-5753 or using our online booking tool. We look forward to hearing from you.

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