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TIPS TO REDUCE HEADACHES WITHOUT MEDICINE

TIPS TO REDUCE HEADACHES WITHOUT MEDICINE
Headache
Headaches are pain or discomfort that occurs in the head or neck. The type of headache that most often occurs is the tension headache, which is caused by the tension of the muscles in the area of the head, shoulders, neck, to the jaw. This type of headache will usually last 30 minutes to several hours. If the cause is not handled, it can take up to several days. Pain usually starts from the back of the head and then spreads to the front.

When an attack of a headache like this comes, try the following tips before hurrying to take medication.

Resting in a dark room
If the headache comes when you're on the activities, immediately find a place to lie down or to simply sit. Try to rest in a quiet and rather dark room. Avoid noise coming from the surrounding environment. Calm yourself and try to relax your head and shoulders.

Relaxation
If you usually meditate, you can use meditation techniques to relieve your headaches. Close your eyes, adjust your breath. Imagine you are in your favorite place that is comfortable and your headache is gradually disappearing.

Compress
You can do cold compress techniques and hot compresses. Try compressing your forehead and back of your neck using a warm cloth, this will help blood flow and relax stiff muscles. After that, continue by compressing the section with cold compresses. You can use some ice cubes wrapped in a handkerchief. This cold effect will shrink the blood vessels. When the blood vessels shrink, the pressure on the sensitive nerves contained in the head will decrease.

Light massage
You can try massaging the affected part using your index finger or your thumb. Give a light massage constantly for 7-15 seconds, then release. Repeat again until you feel less pain.
Try asking for help from others to massage your head, neck and shoulder area. Ask to massage with the right pressure, because if it is too slow it will not relax the tense muscles, but if too hard will add to your headache.

Eat
A fall in blood sugar levels can cause headaches. Try eating snacks or drinking warm sweet tea first. Try to eat always in time to avoid headaches caused by a decrease in blood sugar levels.

Stretching
Your headache may be caused by the tense muscles in the shoulder and neck. This tension can be caused by stress, fatigue, or the same sitting position for too long. If this is the cause of your headache, you can do simple stretches such as bending your head to one side and then slowly turning down to form a semicircular movement, leaving your chin to touch your chest. You can repeat it back to the opposite side.

Don't forget to drink water
One sign of dehydration is a headache. If your headache is accompanied by thirst, dry mouth, excessive fatigue, and the frequency of infrequent urination, try drinking a glass of water.
After your headache subsides, try to find out what caused it. You may be late for food, lack of drinking, stress, or you sit too long in an uncomfortable position. These things are usually the cause of tension headaches. By knowing the causes of headaches, you can avoid attacks of headaches later on.

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