Monday, September 8, 2008

Headache Pain - Methods and Remedies for Stoping the Pain of Headaches Before it Starts

If headache pain is a frequent problem for you, there are ways to help prevent them. Many headache sufferers have reported success with natural, homeopathic products, relaxation techniques, and the use of aromatherapy essential oils.

Aromatherapy may seem a little "out there" but think of how the human brain works with the olfactory senses, more commonly known as the sense of smell. It's logical to trust that if a smell can touch off a headache, it may then also be quite effective in their prevention. There are specific aromas which are quite effective for calming nerves and reducing tension. The delicate scents of vanilla and lavender are calming to the mind and brain. They're found in numerous bath products labeled for use in soothing and calming both tension and stress.

Peppermint oil also demonstrates potential in producing good results for preventing headache pain. Vicks Salve applied to the forehead was a tried-and-true method of addressing severe headaches for many people in years past and is still a good remedy to try for that stubborn, painful throbbing.

Medical acupuncture is undergoing a popularity surge for its ability to control various types of physical pain, including headaches. Scientific research has shown that it is a legitimate therapy for treating both headache and migraine pain. Dental pain and nausea have also been shown to respond favorably to acupuncture treatment. More research and medical studies are needed to prove this is the perfect treatment for headache pain.

Physical exercise is underestimated as it pertains to prevention of headaches. Headaches are frequently induced by tension and stress and therefore physical exercise is a terrific way to relieve those problems before the pain begins. Prior to starting any form of exercise, it is best to contact your doctor or medical professional to choose the right exercise program for you and your health situation.

Begin slowly on any exercise regimen if you do not already exercise regularly. Take a brisk walk around the block, spend several minutes on the treadmill, or do some simple stretching routines. You shouldn't exercise to the point of exhaustion or pain. Always pay attention to what your body is telling you - it knows when it's had enough and needs to rest.

Studies show that some headache patients who undergo chiropractic manipulation have had good results in preventing their headaches. Complications, although rare, can arise as a result of chiropractic manipulation and may include the possibility of stroke from the manipulation of the neck. To be safe, consult your doctor before undergoing chiropractic manipulation, especially if you have high risk factors for stroke.

Herbal and nutritional remedies such as vitamin B12 and magnesium are also quite effective in headache prevention for some people. Normally, results are not seen until a person has taken the supplements for at least three months.

Food and drinks which are high in caffeine should be avoided by anyone who experiences frequent headache pain. Switching to caffeine-free soda, coffee, or tea may diminish the frequency of headaches. Keeping a food and headache diary can be crucial in determining your personal headache triggers. This diary will help you identify specific food and drink triggers, as well as environmental and stress causes, so you can avoid those in order to help prevent recurrence of headache pain.

The prevention of headaches may prove to be easier than treating them once they have begun. Exercise at least three days a week, keep your diary, and watch your diet. Steer clear of foods which trigger headaches and take steps to help reduce the stress and tension in your life.

Spend a little extra time and take a relaxing bath with sweet-smelling bubble bath, calming essential oils such as lavender and/or chamomile, or bath salts. Light a candle with a soothing scent and lay back for a few moments with your eyes closed. Relax!

: article by Dee Braun [ Dee Braun, a single mom of 6, is a Certified Aromatherapist, Certified Dr. of Reflexology and a natural health practitioner. Click now to visit at - a large directory full of free natural health ebooks ( ) covering common ailments, illnesses, health conditions and natural healing techniques. ]