No one likes to deal with the pain caused by occasional or recurrent headaches. But many people don’t want to have to be continually taking medication to manage their pain.
Is there another way?
A drug-free way?
Yes, there is!
Effective treatment for headache relief
Treating headache pain early, when you first start to feel tightness or discomfort, will give you the best chance of relieving the pain.
Next time you start to feel the onset of headache pain, try one of these three alternatives for drug-free headache relief.
1. Relax and minimize stress
Often, the cause of migraines or headaches can be tension. Making a conscious effort to relax can ease tense muscles and lessen or eliminate pain.
Try sitting in a cool, quiet, and darkened room with your eyes closed. Concentrate on relaxing the muscles in your jaws, face, neck, and shoulders. If possible, try to sleep. After a few hours of rest, many find that their headache symptoms have vanished.
Another remedy is to massage the muscles of the neck and shoulders gently. This improves blood flow to the muscles and relaxes them. Applying either warm or cool compresses can also help.
Many use digital tools today to help them relax. Apps such as Calm or breathing trackers can help you use deep breathing exercises or calming visualizations to relieve the built-up stress that can lead to migraines or headaches.
2. Watch what you eat and drink
Certain foods and drinks seem to trigger migraines or headaches in some people.
It can be hard to know which foods are directly responsible for your headache pain, but a few of the most common culprits are:
- Aged meats and cheese
- MSG or Monosodium glutamate
- Citrus fruits
- Spicy foods
- Foods or drinks with aspartame – commonly found in sugar-free products
Keeping a record of what you eat can help you identify if you have food triggers and what they are.
Headaches can also be caused by a lack of food, especially if you are subject to low blood sugar. Make sure to eat at regularly scheduled times and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
3. Drug-free headache relief with dentistry
For many who suffer from headache pain, the cause can be traced to their oral health.
If you suffer from bite alignment problems, the resulting uneven pressure on the teeth and jaws can cause recurrent headache pain.
Dr. Greg Pyle is successfully treating migraine and headache pain caused by bite misalignment with a non-drug treatment known as TruDenta. This non-invasive treatment identifies pressure points, eliminates inflammation, and trains the muscles for proper jaw alignment.
Mike had experienced headaches since he was 16. Listen to him tell how treatment with TruDenta is changing his life!
How can you know if bite misalignment might be the cause of your migraines or headaches?
Here are a few symptoms to watch for:
- Clenching your teeth at night
- Grinding the teeth
- Jaw clicking or popping
- Uneven tooth wear
- Limited range of motion in the jaw or neck
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms along with migraines or headaches, you need to speak with Dr. Pyle about the advisability of drug-free headache relief treatment with TruDenta.
Don’t let headache pain hold you back from enjoying life any longer. Contact us to find an effective solution for your pain.