5 Tips to Effectively Manage a Headache

Headaches are one of the most prevalent global health issues and impact around 6 million Australians. Follow this expert advice to help you effectively treat common headaches. 

'Headache Week' take place from 15-21 September and is aimed at encouraging all Australians to start thinking differently about common headaches and how to treat them. 

What many people may not be aware of is that the majority of common headaches are caused by muscle tightness in the head and neck region. When it comes to headaches, treating the source of pain provides more appropriate and effective headache relief.

Here are the top 5 ways to help you manage, thanks to the team at Headache Australia: 

1. Discover the source
When you get a headache, stop and consider what the cause of your headache is. The majority of common headaches may be caused by muscle tightness in the head and neck region. Once you understand where your headache is coming from, you are in a much better position to seek out appropriate and effective relief options. If you want to understand more about your headache, you should consult your local pharmacist or GP.

2. Relax and loosen up
Try some relaxation techniques such as head, neck or shoulder massage, stretching, or applying heat packs to sore muscles. Exercise and mediation classes are also good ways to manage stresses and strains, loosen up tight muscles, boost your mood and clear the mind.  

3. Practice good posture
Poor posture is a major contributor to sore muscles. A slouched posture for prolonged periods of time will overwork or weaken neck muscles, which in turn may cause muscle pain and headaches. If you work in an office environment, get into the habit of checking your posture regularly. Taking regular breaks away from your desk to stretch, or going for a quick walk around block can also help relive muscle tension.

4. Make quality sleep a priority
Making sure you are getting enough shut eye each night as sleep deprivation can contribute to common headaches. It’s also worth considering the sleeping position you usually adopt with you jump into bed. Invest in a decent pillow to make sure your neck is properly supported.

5. Keep a headache diary
Keeping a headache diary in which you record what you do/eat/drink, your hormonal cycle, medications you are taking, and any changes in your environment over a period of time, will help you identify any patterns that may lead to headaches and help your pharmacist or GP diagnose your headache. You can download a headache diary on the Headache Australia website – headacheaustralia.org.au

Head to Headache Australia’s website – headacheaustralia.org.au - to find out more about the source of your headaches or download a headache diary. 

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