For most people who experience a headache a few hours rest or one or two over-the-counter painkillers is all that is required to bring relief to the pain of a migraine or tension-type headache but for many others a headache is a daily or near daily occurrence and simple painkillers when taken on a daily or near daily basis can lead to tolerance to the painkiller and even result in rebound headaches and only intensify the problem itself.
Others with chronic headaches are often prescribed antidepressant medication that is taken on a daily basis to prevent headaches from occurring or at the very least decrease the frequency of daily headaches.
However both simple painkillers and antidepressant medication are not always well tolerated by many with persistent headaches. As already mentioned the over use of painkillers can result in more headaches rather than less and those prescribed antidepressants such as TCA's and SSRI's often have to deal with some disturbing antidepressant side-effects and finding an effective antidepressant medication often only occurs after trying a number of different brands.
If you have tried simple over-the-counter painkillers or been prescribed antidepressant medication to treat a chronic daily headache and found little or limited relief then there are a number of alternative options to try or at least consider when trying to reduce the number of headache experienced each month. Three common approaches include;
Acupuncture – Acupuncture has been practiced for hundreds of years to treat a wide number of physical and mental health care issues including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), issues with addiction, respiratory disorders and circulatory disorders to name but a few .
This form of treatment involves the use of fine small needles that are inserted into key acupuncture (energy) points on the body and is a painless, side-effect free treatment that has helped many people who suffer from a chronic headache. While some may require only one or two treatment sessions others may require multiple sessions to relieve headache symptoms.
Hypnotherapy – Whether you see a certified hypnotist for one-on-one sessions or purchase a hypnosis program that can be listened to in the comfort of your own home as often as you like and at your own convenience especially during the sunset of a headache.
Overall hypnotherapy does not work for everyone but many have benefited from this treatment and at the very least this type of headache therapy will help you relax more which in itself is a great antidote for preventing headaches in the first place.
Herbal Remedies – Herbal remedies are an extremely popular option for many people when treating a health condition and one of the most popular herbal remedies for migraines is feverfew while another for treating headaches is ginko biloba. There are many other natural herbal remedies available and it is best to talk with a medical herbalist to gather more information and ask any questions you need answers to.
Finally if you decide to try herbal remedies then you should always discuss the option with your local health care provider if you are already taking additional medication to avoid adverse drug interactions.