Tension Headache

What Is Tension Headache?

Tension headache is one of the most common type of headache that causes mild to severe pain in the head, neck and behind the eyes. It may occur once or twice in a month or can be chronic also.

What Triggers Tension Headache?

  • The major cause of tension headaches is yet not clear. However certain changes in the brain chemicals is assumed to be the possible cause.
  • Common triggers include stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, improper diet, excess of alcohol, bad posture, eye strain, smoking and pollution.

How Would You Know If You Have Tension Headache?

  • Common symptoms include dull and steady pain on both sides of the head. The pain may vary from mild to severe.
  • There may be tenderness around the scalp and forehead
  • You may feel a sense of pressure around the forehead.

What Should You Do In Case Tension Headache Worsens?

  • Usually tension headache stays for a while (close to 4-5 hours). For instant relief, you can have over-the-counter analgesics or pain relievers.
  • Take a hot shower and lie down for a while and relax.
  • Various forms of alternative medicine are used to treat tension headache such as stress reducing and relaxation techniques.
  • In case, the pain does not stop, make sure you consult a doctor.

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • There is no specific cure for a tension headache
  • Depending on the severity of headache, your doctor will prescribe certain pain relief medications.
  • Identify your triggers and avoid them as much as you can.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Relieving A Tension Headache?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms and to speed up your recovery:

1. Heat Therapy

Ingredients: Towel soaked in warm water

Ways to Use:

Place a towel soaked in warm water on your forehead and relax in a room with dim or no lights

2. Ginger

Ingredients: Sliced Ginger, Water

Ways to Use:

Slice half a ginger and boil it in water or brew it with tea.

3. Pepper

Ingredients: Pepper

Ways to Use:

Try a bowl of soup of veggies with a dash of pepper in it.

4. Massage With An Essential Oil

Ingredients: Peppermint Oil, Lavender Oil, Basil Oil

Ways to Use:

Massage the temples with a teaspoon of any of these essential oils. You can also add 2-3 drops of the oil to the towel and keep the warm towel on your head.

It is best to let not anxiety and stress give you such a severe tension headache. However, in case you happen to be affected by one, try these useful and effective home remedies instead of popping medicines every now and then.

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