It’s normal to get headaches from time to time, but when they become a daily part of your life or happen often enough that you find yourself canceling plans, turning off the lights and crawling under the covers, it could be time to seek help from a pain and wellness center. In the meantime, here are six ways you might be able to help fend off that headache!

1. Drink Water

If you’re dehydrated, you’re more at risk to get a headache. The best thing you can do is drink a glass of water as soon as you feel a headache coming on, and continue to sip throughout the day. Not only can this help you stay hydrated, it may just prevent a headache.

2. Be Wary of Caffeine

Although some over-the-counter (OTC) headache medications contain caffeine, this doesn’t mean you should view caffeine as a positive thing. People who regularly drink caffeine can experience headaches if they stop consuming it, or even just reduce the amount they consume. Taking medications with caffeine as well as consuming caffeine in your diet can cause a headache too, so be mindful of your consumption.

3. Take a Time-Out

For some people, overstimulation can contribute to a headache—too many lights, noises and smells can be overwhelming. If you’re able to, take a time-out. Find a quiet, comfortable place to relax and turn off the lights, or take a nap if you’re inclined. Be sure your head is properly supported to make sure there isn’t any added tension on your neck. Rest for 30 minutes if you’re able.

4. Apply a Cold Compress

If you have a sinus headache or a headache that’s close to your temples, a cold compress may distract you from the constant sensation of pain, which may help reduce your discomfort. You can use a washcloth with cold or cool water and rest with it on your head. If the headache feels like it’s more in the back of your head, you can also use it on your neck.

5. Massage Your Temples

A head massage may help increase circulation and reduce pain and tension if you have a headache. You can lightly massage your scalp in small circular motions. For sinus headaches, massage the bridge of your nose or, if it’s near your temples, massage that area. You can do this in the shower with shampoo or use a bit of oil if you like.

6. Consider OTC Medication

You can always take an OTC medication for a headache, but be sure to take it as soon as you feel a headache coming on since it can take 30 minutes to take effect. However, you can also use medication even if you already have a headache to help improve discomfort.

We’re Your Local Pain & Wellness Center

Make an appointment with Summit Spine & Joint Centers today for an evaluation and a chronic pain management plan. Our pain and wellness center can help you uncover the potential cause of your headaches or migraines and take steps to reduce your pain. Call us at (770) 250-4020 or reach us online!