8 Tips to Get Rid of Migraines Fast
While you might have a good idea of what you need to do to prevent a migraine, there is still a chance you’ll suffer from one occasionally. When that happens, trying these tips could give you pain relief. Remember, it’s important to start treating your migraine as soon as you feel it coming on.
1. Pain Relievers
Many pain relievers can provide quick relief if taken at the first sign a migraine or headache is coming on. In addition to non-prescription pain medicine, an over-the-counter anti-nauseant might also help, even if you aren’t experiencing any nausea.
Acupressure and reflexology points on the feet and hands can be massaged for quick relief of migraine and headache pain. Try pressing on the webbed space between your thumb and pointer finger for possible relief. Head, shoulder, neck, and back massage can also provide relief by reducing muscle tension.
If you think tension might be contributing to your oncoming migraine, try stretches to relieve aching muscles. At the first sign of a migraine, stretch your neck by pointing your chin forward, up, and toward each shoulder and then shrug your shoulders up and forward and up and back.
Not only does exercising help you relax, which can help deter an oncoming migraine, but exercise also causes your body to release endorphins, our very own natural painkillers. Many people find they can ward off a migraine by going outside for a brisk walk or other form of exercise at the first sign a migraine is coming.
5. Take Butterbur
While butterbur has long been known to help prevent migraines, there’s some evidence that it can also stop a migraine as it’s happening. According to Psychology Today, taking 100 milligrams of butterbur every three hours (for a total of 300 milligrams in 24 hours) might keep a migraine from taking hold.
6. Essential Oils Can Help
In a study at the University of Kiel in Germany, researchers found that dabbing peppermint oil onto the forehead was an effective treatment for migraine pain, with relief usually occurring within 15 minutes. You can also try gently massaging a couple of drops of thyme and rosemary essential oil on your temples or forehead. Both of these essential oils contain carvacrol, a substance that inhibits COX-2, an enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain.
7. Drink ginger tea
It’s believed ginger works against migraines because it contains anti-inflammatory elements, inhibits prostaglandin synthesis in addition to counteracting the nausea that many migraine sufferers experience. Gently simmer three slices of gingerroot in two cups of water, covered, for 30 minutes.
8. Drink several large glasses of water
Many migraine sufferers know that their migraines are brought on by dehydration. Next time you feel the onset of a migraine, try drinking several glasses of water for quick pain relief. If you don’t like to drink plain water, prepare a pitcher of water every morning with slices of cucumber to stay refreshed and hydrated.
Always consult your physician or health care provider if you have medical or health questions or concerns.
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