10 Tips for Preventing Headaches
We see many patients with chronic headache problems. Here are 10 tips for preventing headaches that you can use if your headaches haven’t reached the point where you require treatment.
1. The sun produces ultra violet rays and other potentially harmful radiation. Especially between 7 am and 4 pm, the sun can be very stressful to your nervous system. Shielding your eyes when you’re outside or driving in a car can reduce the likelihood of a headache.
2. Sunglasses are the best way to protect your eyes from the sun. If you exhaust or stress your eyes by not providing the needed protection, not only can you cause damage to your eyes, you increase the likelihood of stress-related headaches.
3. The computer is another culprit. Like the sun, computer screens emit radiation. It’s not good to work for more than half an hour or so without giving your eyes a break. If you wear glasses, you can have them specially treated to help protect your eyes from computer radiation.
4. Whenever your eyes are under strain, you should always take a break. The best way to relax your eyes is to close them. It can also help to focus on a far distant object. When your eyes are under stress, you’re likely to get tired faster, squint, or suffer from your eyes watering. All of these symptoms can lead to headaches if they are ignored.
5. Watching television while lying down can also cause headaches. It is best to watch television sitting up with your eyes at the level of the television.
6. Additionally, you should not sit too close to a television. It is easier to focus on the images that flash across your TV screen when you’re sitting at a distance of around five feet.
7. If you suffer from headaches, get in the habit of blinking deliberately, especially while working at your computer. If you aren’t paying attention to blinking your eyes, you’re likely to stare unblinkingly at the monitor, especially if you are playing a game or very focused on a design project.
8. Breathing exercises can help headaches. Breath assists the release of toxins from the brain. Toxic substances are everywhere and the body absorbs them, not only from food and drink, but also from the air. If not released, toxins accumulate in the body and can cause disease.
9. If you suffer from headaches, make sure your pillow is not too thick or firm. If your pillow is too firm, you’ll strain you neck muscles during sleep. Strained neck muscles become stiff and this can cause headaches.
10. Allergies can also cause headaches. If you’re allergic to specific substances, food additives, for example, eating them can trigger a headache. Scents can also trigger headaches, pay attention to perfumes and other toiletries. A physician can help you identify allergies, but begin by noting and writing down what you’ve eaten or what scents you’ve smelled each time you get a headache.
Individuals with chronic headaches or migraines should seek treatment. Often times, headaches are a sign that there are problems in muscles somewhere else in the body. A chiropractor can help you correct those problems.