First of all, what is a tension headache? A tension headache is mild to moderate pain usually in the neck, head and behind the eyes. Some of my clients say it feels like a tight band around your head and this is because the muscle in the head and neck are contracted.
The cause of tension headaches may include:
- food sensitivity (keeping a food diary can help to find a trigger)
- poor posture
- eye strain from looking at a computer screen
- long periods of driving and sitting at a desk
- trigger points (taut bands of muscle that refer pain)
12 tips to relieve tension headache
- Rest your eyes. You can do this by placing a cool cloth over your shut eyes. I find cucumber slices work well.
- Take a break from your computer screen. Ideally 10 minutes every hour.
- Having a hot shower with the water concentrated on the neck/scalp.
- Place a cold compress on the forehead whilst placing your feet in a tub of hot water.
- Rubbing lavender essential oil on your temples.
- Drink water.
- Have a herbal tea such as chamomile.
- Relax and de-stress. Mediation or listening to calming music can help.
- Self massage your neck and scalp especially at the occipital (the base of your skull.)
- Massage your hand. There are pressure points in the fleshy bit between your thumb and forefinger. Massage here in a circular motion.
- Have a Remedial Massage to release any trigger points.
- Get some rest.
If your tension headaches are becoming chronic seek medical advice especially if you have these accompanying symptoms slurred speech, loss of balance and high fever.
Yours in health
Disclaimer: the information in this blog is not medical advice but based on my own experiences as a Remedial Massage Therapist. Always seek medical advice if you are having chronic headaches.