Eliminate a Tension Headache Naturally
A tension headache can be a real pain that affects millions of adults every year.
Perhaps after a long day at work, or the weekly build-up of stress, or a one-off incident....
...but you can feel the muscle tension in your upper back, neck, and head increasing.
You've had tension headaches before and you know that this excess muscle tension leads to headaches.
....if only I could somehow relax my muscles!
The pain of this type of headache (also known as a stress headache) can really put a dampener on your day!
International studies estimate that 36% of males and 42% of females suffer from stress headaches at one time or another.
So stress headaches are big business!
But there are a number of triggers that can cause your stress headache which include stress and anxiety, fatigue, and poor posture.
Here we provide you with five ways that you can reduce these types of headaches by proactively reducing stress, anxiety, fatigue, and poor posture.
Five natural ways to eliminate tension headaches
1. Exercise to stop a headache before it begins.
As the saying goes "it is better to have a fence at the top of the cliff than an ambulance at the bottom!"
Exercise is a great way to ward off a stress headache before it even begins.
Exercise reduces stress and is a great way to use-up the excess muscle tension that is a symptom of stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety can increase the incidence and pain of tension headaches in a number of ways. Some of these include:
A regular brief walk that gets your heart rate up for 20 minutes of more is a good form of exercise.
Aerobic exercise such as running, swimming, or cycling are also extremely good for relaxation and stress reduction, however, please see your local medical professional if this is the first time you have exercised in a while or are very overweight.
Exercise reduces stress and is an excellent preventative measure to reduce the incidence of tension headaches.
2. Practice relaxation techniques.
After a heavy day at the office or university I have often had people come to my relaxation courses with a tension headache only to leave one hour later feeling refreshed with no signs of symptoms of a tension headache.
This is because relaxation activates the relaxation response and reduces muscle tension...both things that reduce the impact and incidence of a stress headache.
There are a number of relaxation techniques that you can use to reduce stress and physical tension. Some common relaxation exercises that you could use are:
3. Review your posture.
Muscular tension not only arises due to a stress but also because of poor muscular-skeletal tension.
See a physiotherapist if you think this is a reason for your stress headaches.
4. Get enough rest.
Fatigue and stress are tiggers for stress headaches. The problem is that stress can mean you don't get enough sleep...and this can put you on a vicious cycle of stress...lack of sleep....more stress....
Sleep allows your body to rest and recuperate!
If you have trouble sleeping try to get yourself into a sleep routine before going to bed.
The tryptophan in a glass of milk before bed time can also be beneficial.
These natural sleep aids help you to get a better nights sleep!
5. Massage your temples.
As soon as you feel a stress headache coming use your index fingers to massage your temples.
Rub your temple region in a circular fashion for about 10 seconds and then press your fingers and hold for about 5 seconds before releasing.
Repeat this process.
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