Friday, January 25, 2013

Health Tip from Dr. Weill: headaches


A pill bottle isn't the only way to stop your head from pounding louder than the stereo in the Camaro that just passed you. Try these strategies:
To relieve it now: Press here. Next time your head is pounding, apply pressure to these points to release muscular stress (but don't do this if you're pregnant):
  • Between the eyes: Pinch the tissue just above your nose with your middle finger near one eye and your thumb near the other, and slowly push upward so you feel pressure near your eyebrows.
  • Behind the ears: Locate the points on the base of your skull, just past the bones behind your ears. Use your thumbs to massage in a circular motion for 2 minutes.
  • Belly of your temporalis muscle: Place your fingers across your temples and clench down on your molars a few times. You'll feel the belly of your temporalis bulge. Use your first and middle fingers together to press the tension out of that spot.


To prevent it next time: Pull the trigger. Some foods are known to trigger migraines, including coffee (or caffeine), wines, cheese, smoked meats, sugar, chocolate, and anything with the chemical MSG. Most of them aren't all that good for the rest of your body, either, so it shouldn't be a surprise that they can wreak havoc on your head, too. If you're prone to headaches and regularly indulge in ache-inducing foods, eliminate them one by one to see if you can find the link between what you eat and headache pain.

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