More ways to reduce headache pain.
If you've ever had a headache, popping a few pain relievers may be your knee-jerk reaction. But, a new study with 1,500 people found that music helped with a painful headache. The study found that pop music was the most affecitve pain reliever, followed by classical, then rock or indie music. In researching other means of pain relief besides better living through pharmaceuticals, here are a few more ideas to try when a headache hits.
Tips for Curing a Migraine
- Dim the lights. Many headache sufferers find relief when dimming the lights and laying in a darker environment. New research on humans and rats revealed a visual pathway in the brain that underlies this light sensitivity during migraines. They tested this with blind individuals and individuals with normal eyesight.
- Breathe Deeply. Taking a few deep breaths can help slow down your heart rate and may relieve headache pain as well. Slow breathing can reduce pain, according to a recently published study in The Journal of Pain. Researchers at the University of Tulsa led by Satin Martin evaluated the affect on pain of slow breathing, normal, and fast breathing in 30 healthy volunteers.
- Scalp Massage. By gently massaging the temples, head or scalp, you may find pain relief. Based on research, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) promotes massage can be an effective therapy for those who suffer from tension headaches.
- Take a Walk. Believe it or not, a slow walk outdoors can help relieve tension, reduce stress, and even cure a headache. Thoughts are that taking people out of a stressful environment can reduce stress hormones, which might make headaches worse.
- Stand on your head. Believe it or not, when you reverse blood flow by standing on your head or an inverted Yoga pose, blood vessels will constrict and possibly reduce the pain associated with the a tension headache... Just make sure you don't fall over.
Of course listening to music is a simple solution as well. From the study, the songs with the highest pain-relieving powers reported were "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel, "Angels" by Robbie Williams, "Albatross" by Fleetwood Mac, "Candle in the Wind" by Elton John, and "Easy" by The Commodores.