up in the morning with a headache is the last thing
anyone wants. Yet most of the time after a stressful
night you have a headache, which puts you down the
whole day. Do you know that over 90% of all headaches
are "tension headaches"? They are caused by excessive
muscle contraction in the neck, face, shoulders, and/or
scalp and are often caused by stress or being in one
position for too long (such as in front of a computer).
The hangover that you get after drinking the previous
night cannot be termed as headache. But if you have
been up the whole night working and didn't get enough
sleep then you are sure to have a terrible headache
the next morning. So all you have to know what causes
a headache in order to keep away from it.
Causes of Headache
Considerable medical evidence suggests that headache
is caused by an electrical and chemical instability
of certain key brain centres that regulate blood vessels
around the head and the neck, as well as the flow
of pain messages into the brain. Over activity of
muscles of the scalp, forehead and neck causes tension
headache. This instability, similar to that which
causes seizure disorders, seems to be inherited and
appears to involve chemical messengers known as neurotransmitters.
Headache can also occasionally be caused by bleeding,
tumour, or infection inside the skull, or else by
diseases involving teeth, eyes, or sinuses. Flu or
any sickness that causes fever can also cause headache.
Such headache is known as secondary headache because
it is due to--or secondary to--other problems. That
is, the headache is only a symptom of some other disorder.
are the Trigger factors
Increased tension or stress (both mental and physical),
Long periods of study, typing or other concentration
Increased tension in the neck muscles, for example:
Poor posture · Injuries to the spine
Repressed hostility, anger or frustration
A poor, scrappy diet, for example eating on the
run (combined with stress) Swedish massage
you suffer from one of these tension headaches, the
following exercise may help alleviate some of your
10-MINUTE MUSCLE RELAXATION EXERCISE
1. Sit in a comfortable chair or lie down.
2. Tense up all your muscles from head to toe; hold
for a few seconds, then release.
3. Take three slow, deep breaths.
4. Close your eyes and imagine yourself completely
at ease - calm and serene.
This will help ease the
stress and tension you feel in the muscles of your
neck, face, shoulders, and/or scalp. By relaxing your
muscles you are allowing them to rest and avoid being
Other tips to avoid headaches in the first place:
Learn to relax your mind and body.
Get plenty of sleep every night.
alcohol and nicotine.
Watch your back, shoulder, and neck posture -
avoid staying in one position for too long a time.
Get organized to avoid hurry and worry.
an attack relax by taking a hot shower or bath
with a warm dry cloth or a cold wet cloth placed
over the aching area.
Get some brisk exercise to help you relax - remember
to stretch before and after each exercise session.
Enjoy a professional massage to help loosen tired
muscles and create an overall relaxed state.
could attend special relaxation courses such as
yoga or meditation classes.