Who has never had a headache? So many have had headaches on occasion. Most people can identify the trigger for the headache; allergies, lack of sleep, alcohol, etc. However, approximately 30 % of working people complain of work related stress. And, a majority of those suffer from headaches, mostly during work hours and on the way home. In fact, there are studies showing that headaches occuring during such times tend to significantly redude in severity or disappear all together when employing stress reduction methods bothin the work place and at home.
Both men and women suffer from stress. There are stress related issues in the work place, at home, with a partner and socially. Demands are high on adults in the fast paced technological world of today. Women more often report that lack of happiness in a relationship as the greatest stressor. Men often report the same, closely followed by social stresss at work.
These stressors , as mentioned in the previous article, Stress Related Illnesses http://echoflam.com/family-health-in-san-antonio/stress-related-illnesses-part-1, contribute to physical complaints. One of these is the headache. This is a common complaint healthcare providers hear during patient visits. Most often, the patient doesn not know specifically what is causing the headache, but wants some relief.
Upon examination, the patient will often describe that the headache starts at the back of the neck, is most severe in the back of the head, also called the occipital lobe, and then comes forward. This describes the typical Tension Headache, most often caused by stress. If the pain is located in a different part or demonstrates a different pattern of pain, then most likely there is something else going on needing further evaluation.
Pain relievers have their place in headache treatment. However, they do not treat the causing factor, or the headache itself. They simply mask the problem and symptoms. Eventually, the stress may stimulate additional physical symptoms. there may not be as easily treated.
Those suffering from tension headaches and requesting immediate relief are encouraged to perform neck exercises. Rotating the neck side to side and front to back gently stretching the neck muscles is an example. Applying gentle predssure to the muscles from the back of the neck up to the back of the head may also aleviate tense, tired and inflammed muscle tissue. Softly rotaing thumbs over this tissue with applied pressure will help the muscle let go of built up lactic acd, which contributes to the headache. Performing these exercises after applying warm moist heat, may be more effective.
Headaches are a sure sign that something needs attention. When the tension headache comes on, most often it is the sufferer and his or her life that needs attention. Identify and squash those stressors. If situations are such that eliminating the stress is not an option, find a a way to burn it off. The head and body will be thankful.