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3 Steps to Relieve Headaches, Naturally

woman with headache trying to work, holding forehead in hands while trying to look at laptop despite migraine symptoms

Life can have its stressful moments, but headaches certainly don’t make it any easier.

With over 11 million reported headaches a year, we could do a thing or two to help lessen the built-up tension and indicate the culprits behind those headaches.

When you have a headache, your body is telling you that something is missing or that something needs to change. Perhaps you need to take a minute to cool off from a stressful situation, drink more water, or the headache is nudging toward an underlying condition, such as a nutritional deficiency or food sensitivity.

Headaches can be caused by a variety of things like stress, fatigue, allergies, poor posture, hormones, and what we eat (as well as what we don’t eat enough of). So how do we get those headaches to go away? To find headache relief, we have these three easy at-home tips for you:

  1. Take magnesium--a much safer alternative to painkillers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. You can take up to 800-1000mg a day. Typically people who suffer from serious headaches often have low levels of magnesium.  

  2. Drink more water. Be sure to drink at least half your weight in ounces of water. If you drink coffee, you’ll want to drink even more water to combat any dehydration that could cause headaches.

  3. Stretch to relax the surrounding muscles. See the video below as Dr. Sculley from our Gilbert clinic demonstrates the best stretches to relieve muscle tension that causes headaches.

Stretch #1Sitting down and upright, tilt head toward the left. Take right arm, place on top of head, pulling head towards right shoulder. Feel the stretch along neck and shoulder muscles that connect towards the head. Hold for 30 seconds. Perform 2-3 sets to relax muscle.*

Stretch #2Sitting down and upright, tilt head to the right. Take right arm and place on back of head. Pull forward, tucking chin to right side of chest. You’ll feel this stretch along the muscles of back of the head and neck where many headaches originate. Hold for 30 seconds. Perform 2-3 sets to relax muscle.*

These remedies should help to lessen the frequency of headaches. If your headaches persist, they could be a sign of a serious underlying condition that you’ll want to get looked at right away. If you’re looking for longterm and natural relief from headaches, the team at AFC is here to help! Contact us today, and you’ll be one step closer to headache-free living.

*Please note the video illustrates the stretch performed to aid with pain on the left side. Alternate to work opposite side.