A headache is like a yellow light—it doesn’t really stop you, but it definitely slows you down.
When headaches strike, you don’t have to accept the pounding pain and wait it out. How do you put a stop to this limiting pain? Learn about the different headache causes, so you can beat pain and get right back on track!
1. Stress or anxiety
If you feel a mild pressing or tightening pain on both sides of your head, you may be experiencing a tension headache. The primary of all causes behind it is that when you’re stressed, the chemical changes in your brain can cause the muscles in your forehead, temples and neck to contract.
During the menstrual cycle, estrogen levels can drop fast. This hormone fluctuation can cause blood vessels to dilate, triggering menstruation migraines. A throbbing pain similar to a migraine characterizes this type of headache.
3. Rigorous physical activity
When your neck muscles contract when you engage in physical activities, tension builds up in your head and causes an exertional headache.
4. Poor posture
One of the common headache causes is bad posture or sitting in one position for long periods. This can cause tension in your upper back, neck and shoulders. Usually the pain throbs in the base of the skull and even sometimes flashes into the forehead.
5. Your computer screen
If you spend hours staring at your screen, you’re putting a huge amount of strain on your eyes. Plus, the variation in light and the brightness of your monitor activates your retina and the nerves behind the eye, causing head pain.
The good news is that headaches are temporary and can be dealt with, with a number of remedies. Got a headache? Here’s what you can do:
- Head Rub or Massage. Sit down, relax and give yourself a gentle massage at the temples. You may even use essential oils such as rosemary or thyme which have been discovered to carry anti-inflammatory properties.
- Do Some Stretching. Stretches for the head and neck can help ease headaches. Move your head or chin sideways, in rotating motion, and in up-and-down movements.
- Apply a Cold Pack. Soothe the throbbing pain of a headache with an ice pack or a washcloth dipped in ice water, applied to the back of your neck.
- Take OTC Medication. Popping an over-the-counter drug for pain should instantly ease your headache. Just make sure that you drop by the local pharmacy, and consult a pharmacist for the trusted variety of pain medication.
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ASC Ref. Codes: U056P101817A, U187P082517A, U162P082517A, U004P111717A
If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.