Headache Treatments

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

When medication isnt enough to alleviate your headache pain, you may want to try mind-body therapy, which focuses on the connections between your mind, body and behaviors. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill describes some alternative headache treatments.

Dr. Hill:

Many things can cause headaches. The most common types of headache are migraines and tension headaches. These can be caused by stress, certain foods and drinks, sleep problems, sinus and allergy problems, muscle tension and mood problems.

The simplest treatments are rest, aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen. If these treatments dont work, talk to your doctor about your headaches. He or she can prescribe medicine that might help.

Mind-body therapy may help people who get headaches often. Mind-body therapy focuses on the connections among your mind, body and behaviors.

Examples of mind-body therapies are meditation, muscle relaxation, hypnosis, biofeedback and a type of counseling called cognitive behavior therapy.

Studies have shown that mind-body therapy works just as well as medicine for certain kinds of headaches.

You can do some mind-body therapies yourself. For others, such as hypnosis and biofeedback, you might need help from someone trained to do them. Talk to your doctor if you want to try mind-body therapy.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.