How to relieve a tension headache. First let’s differentiate between a tension headache and other headaches. A tension headache usually has pain on both sides of your head and across your forehead like a tight cap. There can be tight muscles in your neck and shoulders too.
If you have sharp, sudden pain in your head, have pain from hitting your head, have cluster headaches or any other type of headache other than mentioned above you should seek out medical help. These types of headaches are not tension headaches and could be the sign of something more serious.
Several things can bring on a tension headache. Some medications, being inactive, laying or sitting uncomfortably, poor posture, stress, being at the computer too long, reading too long, sewing too long, and skipping meals are some of the things on this list. How to relieve a tension headache caused from any of these things would perhaps be to change your way of doing them as well as following the tips listed below.
Most of us have had a tension headache at one time or another and they can be a real aggravation and alter our mood.
When trying to decide how to relieve a tension headache many people will turn to the more common methods of taking pain pills like aspirin, ibuprofen, Tylenol or the generic equivalent. These products work very well but using more natural ways with these products or alone can help too.
How to relieve a tension headache naturally:
Try a hot compress on your forehead or back of the neck to relax tense muscles. A hot shower is good as long as it’s
under one hundred twenty degrees.
If you have peppermint tea bags wet two of them down and place them on your forehead or eyelids for about five minutes.
A mixture of 7 drops of lavender oil and 3 drops of peppermint oil breathed in either from a vaporiser or on a
tissue could help. I carry these essential oils mixed with a carrier oil or lotion with me most of the time.
Increase your water intake; if you’re dehydrated you could get a headache. Ice water is said to work best for tension headaches.
Giving yourself a neck massage can help loosen up the tightness in the muscles in your neck and shoulders.
1. If you can, get away from the computer screen, reading project, sewing project, or whatever else is causing the tension.
2. There is an acupuncture point on either side of your neck right at the base of your skull. Place your thumbs on either side of this spot and press firmly for 2 – 3 minutes.
3. Grasp your neck with the palm on one side and your fingers on the other. Start massaging at the top of your neck and work your way down one finger width at a time. Work on each spot for about 30 seconds.
4. There is another acupuncture point half way between your neck and the outside of the shoulder. Use the same grasp as you do for #3 and massage that area for 30 seconds or longer.
5. If you still have some pain do some shoulder rolls, both backwards and forwards, to loosen the muscles even more.
6. If these steps don’t take care of your tension headache then repeat them if your situation allows.
7. Using the lavender and peppermint oils while giving yourself the massage can help with the pain too. I applied my blend of essential oils to that area just seconds ago and the pain is already subsiding.
Here are some other ideas of how to relieve a tension headache.
Acupuncture has been known to work for tension headaches. It is thought that acupuncture opens the pathways so natural pain relievers and brain chemicals can do their work.
Chiropractic works by manipulating the spine. These manipulations relieve pressure on nerves, muscle tightness, and reduces pain. By relieving these things the body is allowed to heal naturally.
Massage therapy is great for relieving muscle tension.
You should consult with your doctor before beginning acupuncture, chiropractic or massage. Especially do so if you have or have had, osteoporosis, osteopenia, deep vein thrombosis, cancer, recent or unhealed fractures, are pregnant, or have any other illness or condition you feel should be addressed.
How to Relieve a Tension Headache