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How Can You Heal From A Migraine Quickly?

How Can You Heal From A Migraine Quickly?

When compared to other forms of stress and tension, headaches are quite common. There are some pains that you normally will feel when you have had a very long day and simply are on the edge of mental and physical exhaustion. However, what is not so common is a migraine. Don’t confuse this beast with a headache. Headaches are usually a dull but predictable pain in your head. It feels like a blanket pain as it’s spread throughout your cranium. In terms of description, a headache can be minor to moderate in discomfort. A migraine on the other hand, is a deep piercing pain and usually occurs behind the eyes and in the temples. The pain a migraine brings can be described as severe to incapacitating. It’s not uncommon to hear about a story that involves someone with a migraine thinking believing they were dying. This kind of incredible pain only happens rarely, but when it does you should be prepared to handle it in a different way compared to a headache. Act quickly and you can dissipate the migraine relatively quickly also.

Flush out and reintroduce

Much like a headache, a lack of hydration can often accelerate the severity of the pain of a migraine. However, ingesting your system with things like alcohol and smoking can also bring on a new stage of pain. Firstly you need to flush out any toxins that are in your system, so drink a lot of water. Reintroduce some healthy minerals and vitamins into your system, by eating fruits and vegetables in your next few meals. The influx of oxygen molecules from the fresh water will counteract any affect carbon dioxide molecules might be having in your system. However that’s not the only thing you need to flush out.

Emotional anxiety can bring on a migraine as stress levels in your brain are elevated. The overworking of the mind continually for days and days or possibly longer, can actually trigger a migraine. This is because of the amount of stress you have been under has mounted up and up to the point that your emotional imbalance has had an affect on the chemical balance. Find some way to destress and whatever it is that has got you worked up, try to forget about or plan positive steps to resolve the matter.

Don’t undervalue napping

A lack of sleep can definitely trigger a migraine. You simply don’t get enough rest and recuperation time so you become overworked and fatigued. Even if you are eating and drinking healthily, a lack of sleep can simply overload your cognitive brain. But for some people getting a nice wholesome sleep at night isn’t easy. You might in fact be working late, or perhaps you have a newborn baby in the house that causes you to not make use of a full 8 hour sleeping pattern. What you should do then, is to get in the sleep you need when and where you can. Napping during the day can actually have the same effect of a normal night’s sleep.

This is because your body and mind gets the time to repair and rejuvenate. Your body doesn’t care how it gets the rest, it just needs to get the appropriate amount so don’t undervalue napping. To aid in your nap, use hearing protection so that the usual noise of the daytime won’t affect your ability to slow down and shutdown. There are different kinds of hearing protection you can buy such as disposable, earmuffs and ear plugs.

Stop consuming caffeine

Caffeine can sometimes trigger a migraine further, but to a lesser extent than alcohol. However to heal quickly from a migraine, you should swap your daily cup of morning coffee with a more healthy option such as a fruit drink. Caffeine is the main ingredient in many energy drinks and bars also. So if you are working out or perhaps using energy drinks as a stimulant to keep you going through a late night at the office, use natural sugars instead. Fruit smoothies and vegetable pastas are a far better option to fuel you throughout the day than caffeine anyway. Even some tea brands put caffeine in their tea bags, and when your head is absolutely thumping from a migraine, even just a little amount can make things worse. Be careful of what you’re consuming.

Migraines are simply a headache on steroids. But that is just pain wise, because the concentration of the pain is acutely in the temples and right behind the eye. To heal quickly, get the sleep that you need and if that means naps during the day then try to make time for this. Stop consuming caffeine and alcohol to boost your chances of the migraine going away sooner rather than later.


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Most Common Sports Injuries and how to Treat Them

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Most Common Sports Injuries and how to Treat Them

 

Even though physical activity is the best thing you can do for your body, when you are not being careful, many bad things can happen. Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior or a rookie, you still have a chance to get injured.

When it comes to injuries themselves, there are countless types and variations, but still, some parts of our body are simply more prone to damage than others.

And in the sea of countless sports injuries, here is the list of the most common ones along with the ways to treat them.

Strained hip flexor

Hip flexors are actually the muscles on the upper front side of thighs. Their main functions are lifting knees towards the trunk and assisting with moving legs toward and away from each other. These muscles can become weak in individuals who spend a lot of time sitting and have a poor posture while sitting.

Sports injuries to this muscle are usually caused by sprinting, inclined running and other activities that involve quick turns and sudden starts.

Symptoms include pain while raising the leg, while climbing stairs or getting out of the car, as well as running. Bruising in the front of upper thighs and groin may also occur.

The best way to treat a strained hip flexor is rest and icing for approximately 20 minutes at a time for the first 72 hours. After those first days of recovery, it is time to apply heat for 20 minutes followed by laying down and gently sliding heels and stretching hip flexor.

If symptoms, pain and limited movement are still present after two weeks, you should make an urgent visit to the doctor’s office.

Torn or strained ACL

The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is the major kneel stabilizing ligament. The most common cause of ACL injury is slowing down and trying to pivot, cut or change direction. When ligaments inside the knee are torn, consequences can be severe. 

Common ACL tear symptoms are instability when walking or turning corners, and increased swelling in the knee. However, even though a light strain or tear can be healed with the help of ice and rest, complete tear requires surgery and a couple months of recovery with a very aggressive physical therapy regimen.

Pulled groin

This is also called a groin strain. The groin muscles run from the inner thigh right above the knee up to the upper inner thigh. They pull our legs together, and can be injured when performing quick side-to-side movements. The injured person will notice difficulty with lateral movements such as getting in and out of the car, as well as bruising and tenderness in the inner thigh or groin.

Treatment includes rest and icing for 20 minutes periodically during the first three days, and heat after those three days, followed by gentle and proper stretching and range motion exercises.

Shin Splints

The most common symptom of a shin splint is pain in tibia – the lower leg bone. Usually, athletes that participate in activities that involve a lot of running (such as soccer players) are the ones who get this injury.

The best way to treat a shin splint is icing, rest and gradually increasing all running activities. Shoes with a quality support also play a major role here.

Sciatica

This is actually a back pain that can travel down the back of your leg and even your feet. The feeling can be associated with burning, numbness and tingling down the leg. It is usually seen in athletes who are often in a flexed forward posture, like cyclists, and ones that perform a lot of trunk rotation like golf and tennis players do. The pain itself can be caused by a pinched nerve or a bulging disc.

To alleviate the symptoms, try laying on your stomach or stretching your back and hamstrings. And if the pain persists for more than two weeks, seek medical assistance.

Strained hamstring

Hamstrings are muscles located on the back of the thighs. Unfortunately, they can get tight, and are susceptible to strain and injury (pulled muscle). One of the biggest causes is definitely improper stretching and lack of stretching.

This can be treated with icing and rest in early phases, followed by gentle stretching and overall strengthening in order to prevent another injury. If the pain lasts longer than two weeks, the athlete should turn to physical therapy or ultrasound treatments.

Golf or tennis elbow

This injury is usually seen in athletes who perform many gripping activities, just like golf and tennis players – hence the name. Due to strong and repetitive action, forearm tendons become inflamed and make lifting things, making a grip, opening the door, shaking hands and raising your hand or straightening your wrist very painful. Athletes also complain that their grip is weak.

Doctors treat this with anti-inflammatory medications and braces, in order to take the pressure away from the area and prevent further injuries. Stretching techniques applied by a physical or occupational therapist can also break down that stiffness and build strength gradually.

Cracked tooth

Believe it or not, but according to American Dental Assistants’ Association, every year around 5 million Americans lose teeth in sports-related injuries and probably the most common of them is a cracked tooth.

Cracked tooth happens when a player sustains a sudden blow to the face. Symptoms include a sharp pain when biting down, constantly present tooth pain, especially when eating and drinking, and losing a section of the outer enamel shell. However, this injury isn’t always visible to the naked eye, and a person may not even experience any pain, so there is another reason for doing dental checkups regularly.

When it comes to treating it, it depends entirely on the dentist, but when it comes to preventing it, wearing custom dental sports mouthguards during a boxing, or any full contact sport session is mandatory.

The concussion is the injury to the brain due to the head trauma when the brain is shaken or jarred. Concussions are extremely serious and should never be taken lightly. An athlete who experiences this injury should immediately seek help of a professional who has experience in treating concussions.

Symptoms include confusion, dizziness, headache, nausea, slurred speech, light sensitivity and delayed response to questions.

Common treatment involves rest with the minimal mental or physical stress. 

Just because there is a risk of getting hurt, doesn’t mean you should now give up on doing sports. However, just like everything else in life, you have to be smart about it. Never forget to stretch, wear quality sports gear, and you won’t have to worry about anything.

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