Headache Tips Monday, Apr 5 2010 

I just thought I’d post a few tips for curing/abating headaches and migraines, seeing as I get them quite often and so have a few suggestions to share.

Obviously, pain killers help. But I’d advise against things like Nurofen and Voltaren, despite the fact they can work, because they cause real damage to your stomach lining. (If you have to use them a fair bit over a day, or over a few days, then they can cause you anything from nausea to internal bleeding.) I stick with high strength Panadol as it doesn’t cause any of these issues, plus it’s not addictive like products that contain Codene. If you suffer from migraines though, you will need to talk to a Doctor about which prescription medicine is right for you. Now on to a few natural ways.

Panadol Extra

When I get a headache, I always get either an ice pack, or wrap ice cubes in a towel. Then I sit back and press it to my forehead and over my eyes. This usually relieves the pain tenfold.

Ice Therapy

A lot of headaches are caused from back and neck tension. A really good way to relieve this (Duh!) is to get a massage. Wether it be by a professional, or your partner, it can really help release all of the tight muscles that are causing your pain.

Massage

Another way to release neck tension that could be aggravating your headaches is by using heat-packs to soothe those aching muscles. Don’t use the packs on your head though, this will make the headache worse in my experience.

Heat Pack

Acupuncture/Accupuncture is a well known Chinese practice where trained specialists insert fine needles into different points all over the body to cure an assortment of ailments. I know a lot of people who have used this procedure to help manage everything from back pain, to injuries and, of course, headaches. I have tried this too, and it really does help. (Hurts the pocket a little bit, though!)

Accupuncture/Acupuncture

A nifty little product I found in a chemist that now lives in my handbag is the HeadOn stick. There is one for Migraines and one for plain old headaches. You take the top off, roll the stick up and smear the clear paste onto your forehead. (Definitely a “do it alone” kind of thing!) The goo has a cooling effect on your skin that can last for hours on end, and feels marvelous. I find it really helpful; it works much the same way ice does.

HeadOn: Migraine/Headache Relief Stick

Another thing I would recommend is looking at your diet. I find that when I have too much sugar or caffeine, I can expect a headache soon after. Lack of sleep and dehydration is another way to increase your chances of setting one off, or not getting rid of one quickly.

For you fellow headache sufferers – good luck! And let me know what helps you recover from these nasty little buggers.

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Help In Tens Monday, Nov 30 2009 

I have had a lot of medical issues recently (Don’t drive scooters, they aren’t worth all the broken bones when some git runs a red light) and the most frustrating and painful part of all has been a sore back and neck. My accident left me with a lot of sore muscles, but I was limited in using them. I couldn’t stretch, couldn’t work my them normally. This caused my muscles to waste and become weak, throwing my whole body out of balance. Let me tell you – ouch!

Then I came across a Tens Machine (also know as EMS and NMES). It’s a small unit (And there are hundreds of types out there ranging from cheap to extremely expensive) that you place over the muscles you want to focus on, turn it on and it sends low-level electrical impulses to the area. It causes the muscles to work, tensing and unclenching. This treatment is used for major and minor injuries – I am recommending this to everyone! This little unit is something I have continued to use since the accident for no reason other than to keep my muscles loose and pain-free. I often use it on my neck and shoulders to stop them getting stiff, and to help with leg cramps. Other people I know use it for reducing swelling, the improvement of circulation, and muscle strengthening – some of my friends even claim their muscles have become more firm and they have dropped a size or two!

This machine is just brilliant for loosening stiff muscles. Anyone with a chronic bad neck or back will understand the need for relief from pain. So, there are plenty of websites and shops that sell them. Buy a cheapie to start with and give it a go! Honestly, it has helped my quality of life tenfold. 😉

TENS Unit