The Best Treatment Options Available for Headaches

Millions of people report experiencing headaches in their lifetime.  For some, having a headache is a rare occurrence.  For others, chronic headache pain can interrupt their life. The best treatment options for headaches are provided when an expert is able to create a treatment plan based on your specific needs.  However, there are several things you can do to help relieve your pain.

The best treatment options for headaches:

Pain Medication

Depending on the type of headache, its severity, and duration, over the counter medication may address your need.  NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen Sodium often work to relieve headache pain and pressure.  In other instances, prescription medication can help.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method for treating a number of ailments. During acupuncture, thin needles are inserted into the skin in specific areas.  It is believed that these needles are able to change how energy flows throughout the body and may be used for pain management.  Research has shown that acupuncture can mitigate the pain experienced with migraine headaches.

Massage

Massage has been proven to have a positive effect on the body.  This effect extends to managing the pain associated with headaches.  Massaging the temples, face, neck, scalp, or shoulders can provide relief.  If the pain is the result of tension headaches, massages can help to ease some of the physical strain.  Additionally, massages can relieve stress and help a person to relax and get some much needed rest.

Stretches

Muscle tension that is caused by physical or emotional stress can trigger headaches.  Stretching regularly can help to reduce the tension in your muscles.  Stretching may also help to curb or prevent a headache that is due to muscle tension. 

Diet

Monitoring your diet can go a long way in stopping headaches.  Many individuals learn that their bodies are sensitive to MSG and nitrates.  MSG is used in many processed foods as a preservative and to add flavor.   Other individuals will find that other foods such as some cheeses or artificial sweeteners are an issue.  Keeping a food log and comparing it to when you get headaches can help you determine which foods may be triggering your headaches.

For a personalized list of the best treatment options for headaches based on your specific needs, contact the team at NY Neurology Associates.  Please provide your information below and a member of our team will reach out to you, or simply call (212) 987-0100.

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