Headache is familiar to every person. More often than not, it takes us by surprise. What are we doing? As a rule, we take pain relievers. But, firstly, pills may not be at hand, and secondly, if pains in the head appear regularly, there is a risk of harm to the stomach with a large number of analgesics. In addition, do not forget that any medicine is a poison, and enhanced work of the liver and kidneys is required to neutralize it. Therefore, everyone needs to know at least a few non-drug ways to get rid of headaches. I'll tell you about this today.
Question one: why does the head hurt?
If, suffering from constant headaches, you went and did an MRI, and no aneurysm or tumor was found in the cranial cavity, then the reason is most likely associated with severe head bruises you had suffered earlier, which you may not even remember. For example, because they received them in early childhood. Such injuries cause numerous consequences in the form of an increase or decrease in blood pressure, vascular compression, blockages in the cervical spine, glaucoma and much more. In most modern people, headaches and migraines are aggravated mainly by the tension of the neck muscles, which occurs during daily sedentary work, as well as due to numerous stresses.
The second question is: is it possible to permanently get rid of headaches?
Of course, without identifying the exact cause and the necessary treatment, attacks cannot be removed. But you can remove or significantly reduce pain on your own. During the next "episode" try the methods I suggested below. I am sure you will find some of the most effective ones for yourself. Everyone will have their own. It depends on the individual characteristics of the person. To complete these exercises, it is enough just not to be distracted by anything. By the way, I have provided the last three methods with video instructions to make it easier for you to understand all the nuances.
1. Firmly grasp the neck muscles from behind with your entire palm or pinch your thumb and forefinger and pinch them properly.
2. With your palm (or you can ask someone), quickly squeeze the shoulder girdle, first on one side, then on the other. Both in the first and in the second case, you need to act energetically and rhythmically enough. This will increase blood circulation in the muscles of the neck and in the trapezius muscle. Rather severe, acute, but short-term soreness is possible - this is normal.
3. Move the fingers of both hands from the back of the head from top to bottom along the back of the neck, applying tangible pressure. The hair should be lifted and touched directly to the skin of the neck. Thus, you will stretch the muscles somewhat and help the discharge of excess blood from the cranial cavity.
4. Sitting in a chair, completely relax. Slowly and gently tilt your head back and lean comfortably on the back of your head. It is better to close your eyes. Stay in this position. The attachment points of the suboccipital muscles in this position are as close as possible, and the muscles relax. Slowly bring your head upright.
Video instruction for the following three methods
5. Grab the hair with your hand close to the skin and then clench your fist several times until a feeling of tension and slight soreness. Walk in this way over the entire scalp. After that, you will definitely feel lightness. The effect is achieved due to the fact that you stretch the tendon helmet, which covers the top of the skull, through your hair, which leads to an increase in the mobility of the skull seams and an improvement in the blood supply to the entire head, including the brain and facial skin. In this case, the vessels of the scalp are released, and the hair follicles receive an influx of fresh arterial blood, which has a beneficial effect on the condition of the hair. I recommend doing this exercise not only to relieve pain, but also as part of hair care, as a technique for improving general well-being and during intellectual exertion.
6. Lie on a soft surface and relax your neck. Then use your thumbs to locate two dimples, symmetrically located under the lower edge of the occipital bone, about three centimeters to the right and three centimeters to the left of the midline. Press on them: you should feel a slight soreness. Hold your fingers in this way until this soreness "melts" and a feeling of warmth and softness appears under the fingers. Then plunge your toes deeper to feel minor soreness again. Do the exercise until the pain is completely gone. You can perform this technique while sitting, leaning back in the chair.
7. Take a cotton cloth, like a kitchen towel, and fold it several times to make a fairly bulky compress. Soak it with cold water, lie comfortably on the bed and place a wet compress on your forehead so that it covers both your eyebrows and temples. Lie down until you feel the fabric is warm, turn it over and lay it on top of your head. Keep holding until you feel cold and the headache subsides. The water should be very cold and the cloth damp enough.
These methods will certainly help you get rid of your headache or make it much easier. But do not forget that any manipulations only remove unpleasant, painful sensations. In order to eliminate the cause of the pain, it is necessary to consult a specialist and undergo an examination.
From the author: In addition to my work in medicine, I have a health blog on Instagram (@vladimirzhivotov). At one time, he developed a manual direction - cranioposturology (he patented the craniobalance method). It is more effective than classical osteopathy. Yours sincerely, Vladimir Zhivotov.
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