Article by Naomi Bolton
A throbbing headache can be hard to get rid of and regular painkillers containing paracetamol don’t always provide instant relief. Using painkillers too regularly can also be bad for your health, and cause so-called medication overuse headaches to occur. It is therefore a good idea to try more natural ways to treat the headache first. Hydrotherapy is a highly effective way to deal with a throbbing or vascular headache.
A throbbing headache or migraine is often caused by an imbalance in the blood vessels of the head. This type of headache can cause severe pain, mostly on one side of the head. Symptoms may include visible swelling of the blood vessels, as well as tearing and redness of the eye on the affected side. A vascular headache can also be caused by caffeine withdrawal.
Hydrotherapy is a natural, mechanical way to get rid of both throbbing and tension headaches (an overall dull pain). It is easy to do and can be done anywhere, using only hot water and an ice pack.
- Pour hot water, as hot as you can stand, in a foot bath and add a teaspoon of mustard.
- Pour a separate bath for your hands and forearms.
- Put both your hands and feet in the hot water, after placing an ice pack on the back of your neck. Sit like this for at least 10 minutes.
The hot water will draw blood to your feet and hands, easing the pressure in the blood vessels of your head. Because some headaches start in the nerves at the back of your neck, the cold compress will work by constricting the blood vessels, shrinking them so they will stop pressing on the nerves. Hydrotherapy is very relaxing, and also helps to ease tension. Have a nice cup of ginger tea afterwards, as ginger is known to work as an anti-inflammatory and considered to be an effective headache buster.
Naomi Bolton has worked as a journalist and writer since 2004. She has a passion for natural remedies, especially after having experienced its effectiveness in her own life.