Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Natural Remedies for Headache Pain

(ARA) – Are you finding yourself under a lot of stress these days? Whether it’s being brought on by tension at work, at home, or by concerns of how the higher gas prices will affect you, there’s a lot on your plate right now.

The last thing you want to deal with is a pounding headache, but unfortunately, tension headaches and stress go hand-in-hand. While there may be little you can do to eliminate the stressors in your life, there are a variety of things you can do to help reduce the severity and frequency of headaches.

Here are some good steps to consider:

* Take a long, hard look at your lifestyle.

Behaviors that promote general good health may also help prevent headaches. If you aren’t physically active, get up and get moving. Regular aerobic exercise, such as walking, swimming or biking can help reduce the frequency and severity of tension headaches. If you don’t think you can get motivated enough on your own, sign up for a gym membership and use it often. You should also get into the habit of eating regular, healthy meals and getting plenty of rest.

* Make sure you’re drinking enough water.

What many people don’t realize is that dehydration is one of the most frequent causes of headaches, in both adults and children. If you’re not drinking the recommended 40 ounces of water per 100 pounds of body weight every day, give it a try. You’ll likely be delighted with the results.

* Find ways to relax

If you're doing your best to live a healthy lifestyle and drink adequate amounts of water, but are still getting frequent headaches, the problem may be that your body is still having a tough time figuring out how to relax. There are a variety of relaxation techniques you can try including deep breathing and biofeedback. Many people also find that massaging their head, neck and shoulders with their fingertips, and pressing a cold compress onto their forehead helps.

“There’s just something magical about the combination of pressure, massage and coolness that makes a world of difference for me,” says Aurelia Koby, president of IMAK products, a California company that specializes in natural pain relief products. Koby often suffers from headaches, and used to rely on a washcloth wrapped with ice to get relief. “Now there’s something even better,” she says.

The IMAK Pillow/Pain Relief Mask was designed by medical doctor to provide relief from migraines, headaches, sinus pain and eyestrain. All you have to do is put it on your face and secure it in place with the attached elastic strap, then sit back and relax.

The secret to the pillow’s success is in its filling -- ergoBeads create a gentle massaging effect around the eyes. While it can be used at room temperature and still feel cool, many people prefer to keep it in the freezer so when they put it on, they get the benefit of an extra ”cooling” relief and a massage at the same time. The Eye Pillow also blocks out light, which makes it even more soothing for pain and tension relief.

You can find the IMAK Eye Pillow/Pain Relief Mask at many online and retail drug stores. For a store locator, log on to www.imakproducts.com.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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