Hunched over books all night. Eyes feeling a dull
pain. Tightness at the back of the head. Sounds like a tension
headache. These usually occur when we are under stress and have
no time to spare.
According to Healthandage.com, a medical Web site, symptoms
of a tension headache include pain starting from the back
head, dull pressure or squeezing pain and soreness in the neck,
jaw, and shoulder. Causes for these symptoms can include low
blood sugar, sleep deprivation, clenching the jaw, premenstrual
syndrome (PMS), sitting in an uncomfortable position, and the
biggest of them all, stress.
A simple alternative remedy for a tension headache is self-massage.
Holistic.com describes different exercises that are easy and
only take a few minutes to perform. The Web site describes
where to find two pressure points at the back of the head that,
pressed, relax the whole body. “Put two tennis balls in
a sock and tie the end. Lie on your back on the floor and place
the sock behind the upper neck, so that the two balls each touch
the skull ridge that’s right above the hollow spot” According
to Holistic.com, the two pressure points that are pressed during
this exercise transmit messages down the spine to relax all
A pressure point called the third eye is helpful to ease
not only tension headaches but eyestrain as well. Holistic.com
says the third eye located between the eyebrows, in the dentation
between the bridge of the nose and the forehead. Pressing
this point, releasing pressure, then pressing again relieves
The face is a sensitive area where the lightest touch can
send a sense of calm throughout the body. Holistic.com
cupping the face very lightly with hands around the cheeks
warmth and immediately relaxes muscles and cognitive tissue.
Since clenching the jaw is a cause of tension headaches
massaging certain areas also relieves pain almost immediately.
pressing the spot where the earlobe connects to the head
with the index
Another good medical Web site, webmd.com, suggests that
instead of taking over-the-counter medicine consider
Two drops of lavender and peppermint added to one-cup
hot water for a compress applied to the forehead, webmd
relieve the pain.
Other herbs recommended by the Web site are white willow
bark which contains salicin, the pain reliever in
which relieves pain and eases tension along with
ginkgo, which increases blood circulation to the brain.
of these herbs
can be made of one teaspoon of the herb and a cup
of hot water. Webmd.com suggests that a tea made of flowers
steeped for 5-10 minutes and tea made of roots be
If pain persists or if an allergic reaction develops,
consult a physician immediately.
Next time you experience a tension headache try these
alternative remedies. You will find they not only
ease the pain but
also rejuvenate the body, giving it an extra boost.
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