If you notice that your headaches are becoming more frequent and intense, it can be troubling. Daily headaches can make it challenging to have a high quality of life and can affect your work and home life. The good news is that many of the most common types of headaches can be reduced or even eliminated by changing just a few of your daily habits.
Why it Matters:
Stress and tensions are two of the biggest triggers for tension headaches. Chronic headaches can cause your nervous system to become sensitized, meaning each day it takes less and less “stimulus” to kickstart a headache. Sensitization can become a vicious cycle, especially if your days are filled with repetitive motions. One of the best ways to reset your system and decrease sensitization is through movement. Whether you prefer yoga, stretching, or massage, movement of your spine and body can ease the tensions associated with headaches.
Here are the most common symptoms of tension headaches:
1. Dull, aching pain in the head and neck.
2. Pressure and tightness across the sides, front, and back of your head.
3. Tenderness in your shoulders, head, and neck.
Movement and exercise are key to life and one of the most powerfully simple ways you can break a cascade of daily headaches. Check out the link below for a quick start to just a few movements and exercises designed to reduce headache discomfort. If you’re struggling to get moving because of the pain, let us know. We’re happy to work with you to develop a comprehensive plan to help you reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches starting today!
Tensions Headaches. Mayo Clinic. 2019