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Friday, 3 October 2014

Dealing with Tension Headaches



Tension headache is the ‘normal’ form of headache suffered by most people. 90% of the headaches that people experience are actually categorised as tension headache.  This is usually a steady dull pain radiating sometimes from the back of the head to the forehead and around the whole head, sometimes accompanied by a sore neck caused by contracted muscles along this region.

Tension headache is usually caused by stress or bad postures such as can emanate from sitting down, standing, and for a prolonged period of time, etc. In the cause of this, the muscles become fagged out as a result of tension resulting from so many stress factors, and then spasms that give rise to pressure on the nerves and the resulting head pain we call (tension) headache.

Tension headaches may usually occur in a person during a stressful period in that person’s life. Some other stress factors can be as listed below: 

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Inadequate sleep, food allergies, constipation, poor diet, hormonal changes, pent-up emotions such as anger, bitterness, resentment, fear and unforgiveness, etc.

As I have always emphasised – we all need to watch very carefully what we eat and drink, and I am not one to advocate the ever continuous use of, or dependence on chemical drugs in order to stay alive. For all you know, you could be killing yourself slowly. For instance if you have not been having a regular bowel movement – say once every day, then you better watch it. Or, if for instance again, you are the type that empties his or her bowel only once or twice a week; this is a dangerous sign and most probably is what is causing your headache.

At this point you should begin to drink at least two and a half litres of clean water every day as an informed remedy that is, apart from ensuring you consume more of whole foods.


If you are looking for other available natural solutions, then try exercising your way to health because tension headache is basically brought on by stressful situations. This is important because exercise enables proper blood circulation in the body, and it can take care of the muscle spasms that give rise to your tension headaches which by the way can also in a way, trigger a migraine for that matter.

In exercising, you could turn to these favourites for results: Aerobics, which may include brisk walking on a regular basis, will help douse your tension and take its positive toll on your headache.

Your aerobic routine which will also include simple stretch exercises throughout the day – whether sitting or standing, at home or in the office, will definitely reduce your stress levels, and do you a world of good.

Relaxation therapy which also includes massage will equally help put off your stress, douse tension and chase your tension headaches away. You can also apply warmth to the affected area or better still, take a warm shower or soaking (with Epson salt or essential oils) in the bath tub. It is also a very good idea to enjoy the natural fresh air especially in evening walks; sightseeing, and appreciating nature, as long as it takes away your tension, you have it.

Be sure to maintain good posture all the time, as many tension headaches are caused by inappropriate standing or sitting positions, or for an unduly prolonged period of time.

Lastly, surround yourself with people or moods, occasions, programmes, etc, that engender love and hilarity. Believe it or not – laughter they say is the best medicine, and a cheerful heart is good medicine too. Laughter produces the chemical – endorphins which are your own body’s natural pain medicine. It is a neurochemical occurring naturally in the brain and having analgesic properties which are transmitted into the bloodstream, and boosting your health as a result.


Morgan Nwanguma

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