Headache Relief Using the Ajnamat
If you suffer from headaches, you know just how debilitating the pain can be. Regular headaches can drastically affect your quality of life, interfering with both your personal and professional lives.
What are Headaches?
Headaches involve mild to severe pain in different areas of the head, as well as in the neck region.
Headaches are classified as:
- Tension headaches
- Mild to moderate head pain that lasts from minutes to days, that tends to recur.
- Pain is typically constant and felt on both sides of the head and neck.
- Exercise does not worsen symptoms.
- No other symptoms such as nausea or vomiting.
- Symptoms vary among individuals but typically include moderate to severe throbbing pain on one side of the head.
- Pain worsens with activity.
- Additional symptoms including vision changes, nausea and vomiting, as well as sensitivity to light, sound and smells occur often.
- An aura, such as flashing lights, may occur prior to the onset of head pain.
- Cluster headaches
- Severe pain that is typically located in or around one eye that may radiate to other areas such as the head, neck, face, and/or shoulders.
- Recurs in a cyclical pattern over a period of days or weeks.
- Commonly disrupts sleep.
How the Ajnamat Helps with Headache Relief
The Ajnamat has been designed with more than 5,000 spikes that help to activate the natural healing abilities of your body. The Ajnamat aims to relieve muscle tension, improve blood circulation, decrease pain, and restore the natural flow of energy within the body. Additionally, use of the Ajnamat releases oxytocin and endorphins, which act as natural painkillers. The effects of the Ajnamat on the body can provide you with relief of your headache symptoms including head pain and nausea.
While there is limited research on the use of acupressure mats and headache relief, there is a substantial amount of research available on the use of acupressure for headache relief. A study published in Medicine reports that acupressure can relieve migraine-related nausea. Additionally, the researchers state that previous studies have found that acupressure is a favorable option for treating patients with migraine, and in preventing its occurrence, and that it can effectively relieve migraine and stress-related headaches. Because the Ajnamat works based on the same principles as acupressure, it’s likely that use of this mat may provide the same benefits to headache sufferers as traditional acupressure therapy.
Using the Ajnamat for Headache Relief
There are a couple of different ways you can use the Ajnamat for headache relief. The first is by placing the mat against the back of your neck and moving it slowly upward to the nape of your neck and then to the crown of your head. The Ajnamat should be pressed into each position for up to 40 seconds, and this process should be continued until your pain decreases. The second option for using the Ajnamat is by placing the mat on the floor with a rolled towel placed beneath the top of the mat. Lie down on the mat so that your neck is positioned over the bump formed by the towel. Lie in this position for at least 20 minutes, or until your pain subsides.
Ajnamat Pillow is also an excellent option for targeting tension around the head and neck.
If you suffer with headaches, you’re likely looking for ways to relieve your pain so you can continue living your life to the fullest. The Ajnamat provides a drug-free treatment option that may help to control your headache symptoms and improve your quality of life.
About the Author- Dr. Shaina McQuilkie
Dr. Shaina McQuilkie is a practicing chiropractor based in Stoney Creek, Ontario. Dr. Shaina graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Kinesiology before obtaining her Doctorate of Chiropractic from D’Youville College in 2008. After graduating, Dr. Shaina worked in a multidisciplinary clinic gaining experience treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions before deciding to open her own clinic in 2010. In addition to running her practice, Dr. Shaina has a passion for writing and works as a freelance medical writer for various clients in the medical field.
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