Do you suffer from tension headaches?
Read and see here what you can easily do about it yourself.
Many people experience headaches on a regular basis. Headaches can come from a lot of things, such as:
- Flu, colds, sinus inflammation,
- Poor sleep
- Tension headache
Fortunately, the cause is usually not serious. Still, it can affect you a lot.
Tension headache is one of the most common types of headache. The cause of tension headaches is not always clear, but tension can cause the headache to persist. This can take from a few hours to days. Often you can still do your daily work, but you do not feel fit.
The pain is on both sides of your head, around your head or in the neck. The pain is pressing, pinching or like a tight band around the head. The muscles of the shoulders, neck and skull are often extra sensitive. Sometimes your eyes have a burning sensation and you would most like to close them.
What can you do about it?
It is known that healthy living, sufficient exercise, fresh air and enough moments for relaxation are important. Also, good sleep is especially important. But how do you do this? There are many ways to reduce or reduce tension headaches as much as possible:
Try to discuss problems at work or in your personal life and come to a solution together. While you may be reluctant to discuss issues, it will relieve you if you have been able to share your concerns. Discussing is a first step of a solution.
Ensure adequate breaks and rest during the day:
- Take a walk in your lunch break,
- Pay attention to your working posture,
- Drink plenty of water during the day,
- Take breaks in computer work and then move your arms, neck and shoulders,
- Do not watch tv or your computer for too long in the evening, go for a walk and, for example, read a relaxing book for the last hour before you go to bed,
- Take a little more exercise and leave your car if you can,
- Go to bed on time and get up on time too – rhythm helps!
- Take a nice hot shower,
- Do not use too many painkillers – these can make the complaints worse
And finally: have your neck, head and facial muscles gently massaged by your partner, friend or roommate. Massage often does not take away the cause but can certainly relieve your symptoms. By applying this regularly, you can often also extend the time between headaches.
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Important: If you have a headache more than 15 days a month or if you have any doubts about your symptoms, it is important to contact your GP to discuss your complaints.