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Self Help for Summer Headaches

Apr 05, 2011 01:38AM

Along with summer fun, comes summer headaches. It isn't just the heat. Just try forgetting your sunglasses when you go to the beach. Guaranteed headache!

Forgetting to drink enough water can lead to headaches and dehydration. Nutritionists now suggest the number of ounces of water you need daily is half your total weight. Add eight ounces for every caffeinated or alcoholic drink and eight ounces for every twenty minutes of exercise.

Headaches can be caused by changes in barometric pressure. It is thought that they trigger chemical and electrical changes in the brain.

This summer we've got other headache problems as well. CNN reports that intense headaches are being experienced by nearly half (44%) of people with high debt stress.

For headache relief:

  • Try massaging in small circles along the side of the head. If you find a tender spot stay on it for 15-30 seconds. Continue up to the crown.
  • Gently pinch and massage the webbed area between index finger and thumb for 15-30 seconds. Repeat on the other hand.
  • Gently pinch the top of the muscle that runs along the top of your shoulder, moving and repeating until all tender places have been massaged.
  • Try a cold compress on the eyes, neck and forehead along with a quiet, dark environment.
  • Relax and enjoy your summer!

Trish Myers, LMT, is the owner of Professional Therapeutic Massage of Melbourne. She has extensive experience in trigger point, lymph drainage and relaxation massage techniques. For more information or appointments call 321-750-4500

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