Headache disorders or Cephalagia, is a type of pain felt in the head or neck, according to Medical News Today. Although most people think they are feeling the sensation in their brain, the pain actually stems from "disturbances of the pain-sensitive structures around the brain," Medical News Today noted.
Headache disorders are the most common neurological disorders. Data from the National Alliance for Headache Advocacy showed headache disorders afflict over 90 percent of Americans.
Headache disorders could be disabling and prevent a person from performing daily chores and work. Citing research from the Global Burden of Disease Study, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that migraine alone accounts for 1.3% of years lost due to disability (NYSEARCA:YLD) for migraine sufferers. Independent data from the National Alliance for Headache Advocacy, headache disorders account for 9 percent of lost productivity in the U.S. annually and costs the economy $31 billion.
Designed to provide aid to headache sufferers, the new Thermal-Aid Headache Relief System provides complete relief from migraine and tension headache symptoms. The system includes a headache relief cream and a specially designed Thermal-Aid eye pack to ease headaches and eye pressure associated with migraines, tension and stress headaches.
The topical cream deeply penetrates into sore tissues and nerves in the head and neck to deliver pain relief. As reinforcement, headache sufferers could use the accompanying Thermal-Aid eye pack to cool the forehead and ease eye pressure. The eye pack has to be stored in the freezer for six hours prior to use.
Heat therapy is also another way to address headache disorders. Thermal-Aid also offers a line of heating and cooling therapy packs that come in various sizes that are just perfect for the job.
According to a blog post on Thermal-Aid's website, the various sized packs can be used as a home remedy in tandem with an apple cider vinegar hot towel treatment. Thermal-Aid said that apple cider vinegar and heat therapy have long been used a natural remedy for headache relief. The said treatment mode can take effect in as little as 15 minutes.
Apple cider vinegar has been used in medicine for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, was believed to treat patients with just apple cider vinegar and honey, according to the Herbs 2000 website.
To relieve tension headaches, a Thermal-Aid blogger advises headache sufferers to mix ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar in a bowl with ¼ cup of water, and to place a face cloth soaked in the mix on their forehead. They can also opt to place the towel over the bowl and breathe in the vapors. Once the face cloth has cooled, patients should set it aside and put the Thermal-Aid pack on their forehead instead. They may also use the pad on their neck.
Thermal-Aid's treatment and cooling packs are made from malleable cotton and specialized corn kernels which have been modified to hold temperatures longer. The process involves removing moisture-causing germs from the kernel, making it unlikely for fungi or mold to grow on the corn and the whole heating and cooling pack material, the company said. The process also hardens corn segments, which, in turn helps distribute temperature evenly across the pack for better use. Thermal-Aid notes that this also extends product life.