Fighting Headache with a Hot Foot Bath

Posted by on Jan. 10, 2013

When you’ve already exhausted all headache reliefs available and yet none effectively worked on sending that head pain away, perhaps a hot foot bath is what your head needs. Yes, you’ve read right, a hot foot bath.

In fact, hot foot bath is not only a relaxing form of recreation – it is also an effective relief for pain felt on different parts of the body. So, how does this work?

A hot foot bath works by bringing the blood congesting the vessels in your brain down to the blood vessels located in your feet and legs. For this to happen, you need to soak your feet in hot water with an average temperature of 40 degrees Celsius. The treatment must be performed for about 30 minutes to achieve the best result possible.

Here are a few guidelines on how to perform a hot foot bath at home:

Step 1: Prepare a tub.

Step 2: Boil water up to 40 degrees Celsius.

Step 3:Pour hot water into the tub.

Step 4:Cover up with a towel, which can also be used to wipe off perspiration once the treatment starts.

Step 5: Soak feet into the tub for about 30 minutes.

Step 6:Pour additional hot water into the tub from time to time to maintain the temperature.

Step 7: Once the procedure is done, dry your feet and don’t sit anywhere near ventilation to avoid getting chilled.

If you or your patient is suffering from conditions like diabetes apart from the headache, it might be a good idea to consult with your physician before performing a hot foot bath.


[Photo Credit: bark on Flickr]

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