Relieve your tension headaches

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AeJeen Posted: Tue, May 29 2012 3:38 AM

 

Pressure headaches can creep up on you at the most inconvenient moments. When these headaches are frequent or recurring, your quality of life can be significantly reduced. For a conclusive definition of tension headaches, we can turn to the National Institutes of Health, who say, “Tension headaches are one of the most common types of headaches. They may occur at any age, but are most common in adults and teens.” Tension headaches most often happen when “neck and scalp muscles become tense, or contract. The muscle contractions can be a response to stress, depression, a head injury, or anxiety.”

 

Relieve your tension headaches


Excessive use of medication


When people feel a pressure headache coming on, they will likely reach for a bottle of aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen-all medications commonly found on pantry shelves. However, you need to know that the National Institutes of Health warn, “After a while, [these painkillers] do not work as well or they do not alleviate headaches for as long.” You could end up desensitizing yourself to the painkillers and end up with “rebound” headaches.


Use a pencil


Fortunately, there is a way to treat tension headaches caused when you clench your jaw in reaction to stress or anxiety without resorting to medicine. A health expert with Yahoo.com states when you feel your jaw clench, “put a pencil between your teeth (don’t bite down) and hold it there. This simple strategy will cause your jaw to relax, easing pressure, forestalling the headache, and easing the pain.” Practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation can also help avoid tension headaches as you learn how you can release the pressure in your neck and shoulders. And of course, a neck or shoulder rub never hurt anyone either.


Sources


Yahoo Health

Medline Plus

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