From a minor burn to troublesome tootaches, we all experience physical discomforts at some point in our lives. Some may be irritable and sometimes even painful. But, what if you can do something about it, as if you have some sort of super powers? No more nervous breakdowns or painful toothaches; not even that dreaded painful injection. Wonderful, right?
Now, save yourself from brain freeze and read on.
Itchy throat equals bad day.
When you feel that ticklish and itchy sensation in your throat, you can’t just stick your hand in there and scratch it. It’s not worth the gag. The best way to scratch it is through your ear.
“When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm,” says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose, and throat specialty centre in Gibbsboro, New Jersey.
Hear me out.
You are in a party and you are trying to talk to that pretty lady or that gorgeous guy, but the music is unbelievably amplified. You can’t clearly hear your conversation because of the noise. Here’s what you should do: Lean in and listen with your right ear.
According to a research done at UCLA and University of Arizona, your right ear is better at discerning the rhythms of speech. On the other hand, your left ear is better at picking up musical notes.
“Clear a stuffed nose or relieve sinus pressure by pushing your tongue against the roof of your mouth then pressing a finger between your eyebrows,” says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The vomer bone runs between your mouth and nasal passages, so it rocks back and forth when you do this, which loosens the congestion. If you keep it up for twenty seconds, your sinuses will start to drain.
Preventing acid reflux.
If you want to go to sleep after eating a huge meal, just lay on your left side. As an effect of gravity, this position keeps your stomach lower than your esophagus, thus, making stomach acid less likely to slide up your throat.
Still, remember that it’s not advisable for anyone to go to bed right after eating. Wait at least 2 to 3 hours.
Painful toothache remedy.
Studies have found that rubbing an ice cube on the back of your hand, between the thumb and index finger (the V zone) can reduce the pain from your toothache by almost half. According to researchers at McGill University in Canada, pain intensity can roughly be halved by numbing the hand in this manner for about seven minutes. This effect was assumed likely because of the interruption of pain impulses travelling to the brain.
Breathe in, breathe out.
Feeling nervous during an interview? Blow on your thumb to lower your heart rate. The cool breath calms your pulse and lowers your heart rate.
“This idea has its roots in the fact that the thumb has its own pulse. If you can calm that pulse down, you’re effectively calming the heart down, too,” says Dr. Ghosh.
“Breathe in for seven seconds, hold for three ¬seconds, and out for seven seconds.”
Gee! Brain freeze.
Brain freeze (a.k.a. Ice-cream headache) happens because the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, causing your body to mistakenly think that your brain is freezing too. It reacts by overheating, giving you an instant headache. Prevent this from happening by applying pressure to the roof of your mouth or by pressing your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much surface area as possible. By warming up the roof of your mouth, you’ll cool your brain and feel better. The more pressure you apply, the faster the headache will go away.
If you accidentally touched the saucepan while cooking, immediately clean the affected skin and then apply pressure with your fingers. Studies showed that by doing so, it brings the skin back to its normal body temperature, thus, preventing the appearance of blisters. Ice only makes the pain go away faster.
The trick is to cough as the needle is going in.
Studies showed that people who coughed ¬during intravenous injections suffered less pain than those who did not. The British Medical ¬Journal stated that the act of coughing causes a sudden, temporary rise in pressure in the chest, inhibiting the pain-conducting work of the spinal cord, therefore, leading to pain-free injections.
P.S.: You must notify your doctor when you plan to do this to avoid medical risk.
“Pins and needles”
Have you ever experienced an abnormal tingling or pricking sensation in your hands while you’re in an idle moment? This “pins and needles” is called paraesthesia or limbs falling asleep. It’s usually felt in the hands, arms, feet or legs, and is commonly caused by awkward postures that compress the nerves. Your hands fall asleep because the nerves in your neck compress. Solution: just move your head from side to side. If it happens to your feet, it’s because of the lower nerves in your body. So, just stand up and walk around.