Natural Headache Relievers for Fast Relief

Headaches are quite common and they are various reasons behind occurrence of headaches. Some common causes are stress, unhealthy lifestyle and busy schedule. Well, sometimes the headache can be frequent or rare but when it occurs you become restless and simple tasks become challenging in day to day life.

People often rely on OTP pain killers that are often give you temporary relief but aren’t treating the root cause of headache. Natural remedies in this case are helpful and they are far better than just popping a pill. Natural headache relievers won’t cause any side effects or harm to your body as OTP pain killers do. The disadvantage of OTP painkillers is that you get addicted to the medication when consumed for a long term.

Let us look at some simple yet effective natural headache relievers that can help in getting rid of headaches.

Go nuts

Instead of just popping a pill for getting rid of headache, you can go for some almonds. For regular tension headaches, almonds prove to be best natural remedy and even a healthier option in comparison to other medicines. It acts as natural pain reliever as it has an element called salicin, which is an agent present in OTP medications as well. Try eating at least a handful of these nuts when you notice the ache starts.

Stretch, relax and start breathing

Our lives have become fast paced and busy with a lot of stress to meet the targets. Our mind gets overworked and our body reacts to this stress by tensing or knotting up our muscles especially in shoulder, upper back and neck. So to relax your muscles and live a pain free life you can try these tips

Yoga

Yoga helps you mind to get focused, stretch out the muscles, and help you get going and drop tension. Once you drop tension, you also get to drop tension headaches. You can try some yoga moves when the pain starts and it really helps. Make yoga a part of your daily routine. Take some time out to do few yoga moves and you can easily prevent these headaches before they occur.

Breathe

You must be thinking that you breathe the right way, but if your head pounds, you aren’t getting maximum amount of oxygen that you inhale. This means that we do shallow breathing and when you experience pain you still are doing shallow breathing. Make some effort to take deep breaths that start through your diaphragm and fill the lungs. This helps your body get maximum oxygen that flows in your blood and helps relaxing body and mind.

Get Moving

When you experience pain, doesn’t mean that you should not be moving, instead get up and start moving in fresh air as it helps loosen your tight muscles that cause headache. It will help you relax as well.

Exercising on a regular basis can also help prevent headaches. Routine exercise helps body to function normally and prevent health ailments.

So these natural headache relievers can be of great help.

How Diaphragmatic Breathing Can Eliminate Minor Pain

Are you ready to pop a pill whenever you are plagued by minor headaches, backaches, or whatever is ailing you at the moment? For many people, taking a pain medication is their first reaction to discomfort. However, what if I could prove to you that taking a breath diaphragmatically could do more for your pain than ibuprofen or acetaminophen?

Some years ago I was driving through a treacherous snowstorm with my two small boys in the backseat. It was late at night. Under normal condition, it would have been a 2-hour drive, but with the squalls and the 18-wheelers continually passing me and throwing their muck onto my windshield, I knew I was in for a drive lasting quite a bit longer than 120 minutes. I could feel the tension in my lower back and I knew that I would not be able to handle the drive with back pain. So I did something that most people are unaware of. I started breathing.

For about 20 seconds, I consciously inhaled, held my breath for a few seconds and then exhaled. I did this 3 times and the backache was gone.

I am confident that at this point you are questioning my sanity. But I will tell you in all seriousness that not only have I experienced the ability to eliminate minor pain by breathing but so have many of my clients. In fact, when one man concentrates on his breathing while on his exercise bike in the morning, he lowers his blood pressure!

I breathe (and have been for more than 30 years) with the support of my diaphragm daily. I don’t think about; I just do it. In the instance of the backache, however, I consciously breathed so that my body would relax. This relaxation is what ‘allowed’ my body to rid itself of the discomfort. What was causing the backache was stress caused by external factors.

There is no doubt that stress causes us a lot of needless discomfort and minor pain. When you can eliminate the stress, you eliminate the pain.

So how does breathing with the support of your diaphragm accomplish this feat? Deep, supported breathing rids your body of nasty toxins that shallow or lazy breathing cannot. In fact, shallow or lazy breathing, which is typical of the majority of the population, actually exaggerates your stress because the toxins are not being eliminated thereby they feed on your stress – they accentuate your stress – they increase your stress.

As a voice coach, I teach people how to improve the sound of their speaking voice by means of breathing with this support and allowing the chest to become their primary amplifier or sounding board. But, in truth, the most important thing my clients learn is to make diaphragmatic breathing a habit. It improves their life in ways they could never imagine!