Ice for Headaches…

 

 

As per any strain, or sprain, my number one self management tool for patients who suffer from Headaches is to use ice.  Ice should be used as you feel the onset of a headache, or while you are suffering from a headache.  Essentially I recommend the use of Ice to reduce swelling, or inflammation.  This reduction of swelling (inflammation) then reduces pressure within the particular structure that it is inhibiting causing the area/s to become desensitized.  As a result a reduction in pain is achieved along with its nasty side effect, your headache… 

 

When you feel a Headache coming on, lie on your back with a small pillow under your neck.  Place an ice pack (I prefer the soft gel packs) on the pillow under the upper part of your neck.  Ice for no longer than 10 minutes at a time.  Repeat this every 20 minutes.  10 minutes on, 20 minutes off.  Repeat this 4-6 times.