Our very first blog post!
First, I would like to start off with a BIG thank you to all of our wonderful clients for providing such great support over the years! We are hoping that providing a blog will help improve your overall health goals and give you something to enjoy on a regular ( but not annoying! ) basis.
Since I'm currently experiencing a headache due to the weather, I will share a few things I attempt to do to release them. We all know the conventional methods of medication, but most of us are becoming increasingly aware of what we take into our bodies. We long for ideal and not so scary side effects to stave off that pesky headache.
Well, I've come up with a list of things you can do to circumvent the drug shelf at the drug store. start saving that money for more useful things like smelly stuff and 2-for-1 chocolates at the front counter!
First and foremost STRETCHING ! I love when our clients stretch, not just for headaches but for every ache we come across. Yoga is a a great way to stretch the body and provide relaxation. We suggest that you get into some comfortable clothes, find a quite space and even put on some soft relaxation music. When practicing yoga for headaches, move slow and rhythmic as this helps with any pressure or heaviness you may feel. Follow the poses below for a general guide but don't push yourself to do anything you don't like.
Aroma therapy is a great way to aid in relaxation. Headaches can be triggered by stress, so taking time to relax is an imporant part of the recovery process. My top 4 essential oils for headaches are
- Lavender essential oil
- Roman chamomile essential oil
- peppermint essential oil
- Helichrysum essenial oil
When useing essential oils you can either apply topically or use it in a difuser or Mist.
Basic Aromatherapy Headache Massage Recipe:
Cryotherapy or Cold-application
In my experience, this method is beneficial for Migraines only. That being said, do use with caution! Cryotherapy also seems to work better if you can catch the migraine before it turns into a full-blown nightmare. you will need to Have or buy a long gel pack or neck heat/cold sac (Magic Bag etc) and store this item in the coldest part of your freezer. When you feel your migraine coming on, you place the ice pack on the back of your neck draping over towards the front. Again, please use caution with applying ice. You should ALWAYS use a barrier like a towel between your skin and ice, also Do NOT keep the ice on the neck for longer then 10 minutes, IT CAN BURN YOUR SKIN. If you feel like that didn't help, give yourself a break and put the pack back into the freezer. run a hot foot bath and try the ice pack again while you soak the feet.
You can also add Epsom salts or your favorite essential oils to your foot soak!
and last but not least....Massage Therapy
With massage therapy, headaches can be relieved with a few different methods. Trigger point therapy is one treatment style that we (Erin Collins, RMT and Alicia Edwards, RMT) specialize in. A trigger point is a spot in the muscle that refers pain to a specific area in the body. For instance, a typical headache that can manifest in the eye or forehead area can be coming from the back of the head right between the skull and neck.
A skilled massage therapist can help reduce your headache and help you maintain a headache free life.
Disclaimer* Even though we are health professionals, we do recommend that you contact your medical doctor if new or worsening symptoms arise. We can not provide a medical diagnosis or provide diagnostic testing.