Your headache medicine could be giving you a headache! An article we read said that using over-the-counter pain relievers more than twice a week sets you up for rebound headaches. So, here’s how to break the cycle, and live pain-free:
- Relax. Dr. Sheena Aurora is the director of the Swedish Headache Center in Seattle. She says that tight muscles in the neck and shoulders are a major cause of headaches. So, when you’re feeling anxious, take deep breaths and do a few head and shoulder rolls to relieve the tension.
- Headache cure #2: Cold-and-heat therapy. Experts aren’t sure why changes in temperature are effective, but they work. So, wrap a cold pack in a cloth, and place it where you hurt. In five minutes, switch it for a heating pad or hot water bottle. Then, repeat the hot-cold process until your headache disappears.
- Another headache cure that works – IF you’re careful: Caffeine. Johns Hopkins researcher Dr. Jason Rosenberg says that some headaches are caused by dilated blood vessels that put pressure on your brain. Caffeine constricts those vessels and relieves the pressure. So, sipping coffee at the first sign of a headache can ease your pain, but the blood vessels in people who consume lots of caffeine stop constricting when the caffeine levels in their body rise - so, stick to one cup a day so you don’t overdo it.
- The last headache cure proves just how connected the different parts of our bodies are: Peppermint tea. It soothes your stomach, which in turn heals your head. Dr. Audrey Halpern is the director of the Manhattan Center for Headache and Neurology. She says that the neurochemical changes related to headaches can stimulate the part of the brain that makes us feel nauseous. You can also get a headache when you’re nauseous, but since peppermint eases the spasms in your stomach, and those muscles send signals to your brain to stop the headache – sipping peppermint tea can make your head pain go away.