Friday, 16 September 2011

There is nothing beautiful about headaches - 3 things better than 'panadol' for headaches

Most of us have suffered from a headache, and know that it can have a debilitating affect on your life. There is nothing beautiful about a headache. Here are three things better than “Panadol” when having a headache:


Yes, water!  Dehydration is one of the main causes for headaches.

Some months ago I visited a sports therapist for my neck and head aches. She suggested that I would be dehydrated and that would be a contributing factor to my neck and head aches. I was initially upset to hear this, as to me it sounded like a simplistic answer. “Drink water - and everything will be fine...” However, I decided to give it a go and increase my water intake daily. And guess what! It works. Not only have I reduced the frequency of my headaches, but other muscle cramps as well.

It has been estimated that 75-80% of Australian adults do not drink enough water. Whether these figures are exact or not, it can be safely said that most of us do not drink enough water.  We reach for other fluids, such as coffee or soft drinks, but the glass of water seems to be too heavy to lift up.

There are varying opinions about how much water one should drink, but why not give this a go: increase your water intake by 3 - 4 glasses per day for a week and see how you feel. 


Sleep, wonderful sleep....
Adequate sleep is a tremendous help in reducing headaches.  Reducing your caffeine intake, sleeping in a cooler temperature or natural herbs and remedies such as valerian root extract or chamomile tea may help you to improve the quality of your sleep.


Nothing beats a relaxing massage...
There have been several medical studies showing how massage can benefit tension headache sufferers and also migraine sufferers. However, even a brief session of self-massage can bring some relief from headache.

Try this:

Place your hands on either side of your head; using the pads of your fingers, press down gently and move the skin back and forth.

Press down gently with your fingers on your temples and move your
fingers in small circles.

Press down gently with your fingers on the back of your neck, especially around the area at base of the skull.

Continue to massage your scalp in this way until you've covered your 
entire head.

You can also try a simple acupressure technique: Grasp the skin between your thumb and forefinger and squeeze for 20 seconds. Release and repeat this three - four times.

Increasing your water intake as well as making sure you get enough sleep together with having a regular massage will make you feel more energetic and help you to enjoy a headache free life! is the perfect place to find your qualified massage therapist. Book and pay online – no headaches, it’s simple!
·         1 hour acupressure massage at Max Therapy, Melbourne

·         Indian Head Massage at Manhor, Windsor (Melbourne), $30

·         Aromatherapy Massage at Bayside Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, Hampton (Melbourne) $85

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1 comment :

  1. I suffer migraines practically everyday in Summer, and always down to dehydration. I drink water like crazy though, but I can't seem to replace enough to compensate for how much I'm sweating out. I'll even drink so much that my stomach is literally full with water, but it's still migraine city. :( *sigh*


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