Do you need immediate relief from a migraine?
Do you need to overcome the urge to urinate? Perhaps you need to stop that nasty ice cream induced brain freeze? Whatever the case these solutions can work wonders for immediate relief.
A sore throat or a headache, no matter what your ailment, you can put these to use which actually fool your body into achieving your desired pain-free, urge-free, annoyance-free outcome! Check these out.
1. Cure a Tickling Throat
Instead of trying to scratch your throat, try scratching your ear. When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm. This spasm relieves the tickle, says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose, and throat specialty center in Gibbsboro, New Jersey.
2. Experience Supersonic Hearing
If youve ever been chatting someone up and they are they are the type with a soft spoken voice, you know how frustrating it is to hear what they are saying. Turns out if you lean in with your right ear, youll hear more than if you chose your left. The right is better for picking up voices, while the left can actually be more effective for picking up musical tones. So if its a person, lean right. If youre trying to identify a song, lean left!
3. Calm Yourself With Cold Water
If you feel nervous, give yourself a deep breath then splash cold water on your face. This mimics the effect of diving into the water. It allows you to use oxygen more efficiently. The colder the water and you holding your breath gives the body more of a simulation of diving into cold water.
4. Overcome Your Most Primal Urge To Pee
If you need to piss and there is no batrhoom to be found, then its time to get turned on. That is, think about sex or any fantasies you have that will arouse you. This in turn arouses the brain and will preoccupy it from the discomfort of having the urge to pee.
5. Feel No Pain While Giving Blood
Donating blood is a good thing. The pain that goes along with it, not so good. Turns out some German researches realized that coughing during the needle prick can lessen pain. It causes a sudden, yet temporary rise in chest pressure and in the spinal canal which inhibits the pain-conducting structures of the spinal cord.
6. Swallow Your Horse-Sized Supplements
You have a lot of supplements to take and you dont feel like going through each single one and popping in your mouth. For taking more than one at a time, apparently you take a drink of water, tilt the head forward, not back, and then the capsules should float and will naturally sit at the back of your throat, all ready and in position to swallow.
7. Clear Your Stuffed Nose
Skip the cold pills and nasty tasting potions. Thrust your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then press between your eyebrows with one finger. The vomer bone runs through the nasal passages to the mouth and it will rock back and forth, loosening congestion. About 20 seconds of this, you begin to feel your sinuses draining.
8. Fight Acid Reflux By Sleeping Position
Sleeping on your left side has shown a less likely occurrence of acid reflux suffering. What happens is the esophagus and stomach connect at an angle, and when you sleep on the right, your stomach sits higher than the esophagus, which then allows food and stomach acid to slide up your throat. When on the left, the stomach will be lower than the esophagus and you wont experience this.
9. Cure Your Toothache
Ice on the back of your hand, between your thumb and index finger (the V-shaped webbed part). Canada did a study that found this technique to be effective for reducing toothache pain by as much as 50 percent, compared to using no ice. It seems the nerve pathways that are at the base of the V will stimulate the area of the brain that blocks pain signals from the face and the hands.
10. Make Burns Disappear
Weve all had those finger burns. Apply light pressure with the pads of your finger of the other hand. While ice will relieve the pain quicker, this technique brings burned skin to normal temps, thus making it less likely that your skin will blister.
11. Stop the World from Spinning
If you feel dizzy, then heres a remedy. Place your hand on something stable. The cupula is a part of the ear which is responsible for balance. It floats in a fluid which has the same density as blood. Dr. Schaffer states: As alcohol dilutes blood in the cupula, the cupula becomes less dense and rises. Basically, this will confuse the brain, by giving it a second opinion once you find stability. The nerves in the hand are sensitive, thus it works better grabbing or placing your hand on something rather than foot-on-floor technique.
12. Unstitch Your Side
While running most people will exhale when their right foot hits the ground. This in turn puts pressure on your liver which is on the right side and the diaphragm gets tugged creating a side stitch. So exhaling when your left foot comes down is more ideal.
13. Stop A Nose Bleed
See that small dent below your nose? Stick some cotton in your upper gums in that location. Pressing here helps stop them. Most bleeds come from the front of the septum, the cartilage wall that divides the nose, says Peter Desmarais, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Entabeni Hospital, in Durban, South Africa.
14. Make Your Heart Stand Still
If you really want to put your jitters to rest, blow on your thumb. The vagus nerve governs your heart rate and you can control it through breathing and it can get the heart rate back to normal.
15. Thaw Your Brain Freeze
Brain freeze is a drag but you can gain relief by pressing your tongue flat against the roof of you mouth. Try to cover as much as you can and apply pressure as the more pressure, the faster relief will come. Since the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, your body thinks your brain is freezing, too. In compensating, it overheats, causing an ice-cream headache. says Abo.
16. Prevent Near-Sightedness
Optometrist Anne Barer says this about the cause of near-sightedness: Its usually caused by near-point stress. Like staring at your computer for long periods. Every few hours you should close your eyes, tense your body, take a deep breath, then after a few seconds release your breath and your muscle tension. Flexing and releasing other muscles such as bis and glutes can trick involuntary eye muscles into relaxing.
17. Wake Up a Limb That Fell Asleep
Weve all had our foot or hand fall asleep on us and you are totally stuck until it wakes up! So what you do is rock your head from side to side. It makes the pins and needles feeling go away and it will occur in less than a minute. Loosening the neck muscles releases the compressed nerve situation.
18. Impress Your Friends
Heres a party trick. Have someone hold one arm straight out to the side. The palms should be dow. Now tell him to hold that position. Place two fingers on his wrist and push down. He will try to resist and succeed. Have him put a foot on a surface a few inches higher, such as on a few magazines on the ground, then repeat this. He will fail at resisting this time. Turns out your brain will sense that the spine is vulnerable, thus shutting down the bodys ability to be able to resist since you are misaligning the hips.
19. Breathe Underwater
If you need to breathe underwater take a bunch of short breathes first, basically hyperventilating. Its the buildup of carbon dioxide that makes you desperate for breath when underwater. The carbon dioxide makes your blood acidic causing red flags to go off in your brain that something is not right. This trick will fool your brain into thinking it has more oxygen and can buy you an extra 10 seconds underwater.
20. Encode Long-Term Memory
Before giving that speech make sure to review it before falling asleep the night prior. Memory consolidation occurs during sleep so whatever you read right before bed will be the most likely to be encoded into long-term memory.
21. Relieve a Migraine Instantly
Nothings worse than a sudden migraine. Take your thumb and forefinger and pinch down on the muscle on the web of your hand which is the thumb on the back of your hand and the forefinger underneath. Press for 2 minutes then repeat. After 4 minutes you should see relief from migraines and headaches. This is said to move the blood around in the head, neck and other body parts.