Tension Headache Relief: 2 proven methods

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Tension headaches are very, very common. Frequently described as a ‘squeezing tight band’ or ‘vice-like grip’ feeling around your head, they can be mild, moderate, to very intense. It’s hard to believe that even though these headaches are the most common, their triggers are still somewhat of a mystery to the scientists trying to figure them out… don’t think about that; it’ll give you a headache.

Here’s the good news. With a little information and some very inexpensive tension busting tools, you can deliver your own tension headache relief and prevention without resorting to daily pill-popping, and you’ll feel a hell of a lot better for it and likely improve your sleep too. We’re going to share our own most simple, tried and tested methods for getting to grips with tension headaches. Let’s quickly review the symptoms;

Tension headache relief: Symptoms

The classic symptoms of a tension headache are:

  • An aching, squeezing and sometimes pulsing head pain that feels in time with your heartbeat.
    (That’s how we describe it anyway)
  • Pressure and tightness throughout your forehead
  • Pain at the sides and back of your head, tenderness on the top.
  • Tight, stiff and aching neck/shoulder muscles. 
  • Text neck symptoms

We have two classes of tension headaches… chronic and episodic.

Episodic tension headaches

Episodic tension headaches can last from 15 minutes to a few days and occur less than 15 days a month for at least 3 months… but when do they become chronic?

Chronic tension headaches

Chronic tension headaches can last hours and can sometimes become constant. If your headaches occur more than 15 days a month for over 3 months, they’re considered chronic, not good.


Tension headache relief: Prevention

Prevention is always better than cure, always. Learning how to relax your muscles and release tension consciously, is vital for getting to grips with these recurring headaches. As with most things in life, small changes can have a big impact, for example;

As you read this, STOP RIGHT NOW and ask yourself if any of these tension headache causes apply to you.

  • Are my shoulders hunched, rolled forward or tense?
  • Is my neck at an awkward angle? Is my head jutting forward?
  • Am I clenching my jaw as I read? Am I grinding my teeth?
  • Am I sitting oddly… but can’t be bothered moving?
  • Am I lying uncomfortably… but still can’t be bothered moving!?
  • Have I drank plenty of water today?

We answered YES to FOUR of those questions and know if we don’t take a moment to relax and move position NOW, a tension headache is 100% guaranteed in the next 30 minutes or so. Our experience also tells us that an episode of occipital neuralgia is on the horizon if we don’t move. Find out about occipital neuralgia here.

Tension headache relief: Causes

Stress and tension are the most reported triggers for tension headaches. No surprise there, but several tension headache causes can be stopped in their tracks by simply breaking bad habits.

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Tension headache relief: Treatment

Through our self-treatment of occipital neuralgia, we discovered a significant and consistent reduction of tension headaches. For us, occipital neuralgia and tension headaches are intricately related, so relieving and managing both with the same, simple methods was a win-win. You will know that finding relief can feel like a lottery win-win when you’re head is throbbing relentlessly. If you’re here researching tension headache relief, the following information may have a hugely positive impact on your daily occurrences if you’re suffering. Read on, friend.

How do we keep our headaches in check?

We use the same methods for relieving and preventing tension headaches that we use to reduce and prevent occipital neuralgia, and the good news is that you can too. It’s so simple.

✅ Tried & Tested Method 1

Self Massage for Tension Headache Relief

We found that tension headaches respond incredibly well to regular, targeted massage. Yet, many people don’t give massage a second thought and default to daily pain pills for tension headache relief. Our headaches are now very few and far between because we try and use our massager daily. If we suspect a tension headache is on the horizon, the massager is the FIRST thing we use (along with ensuring we’re properly hydrated). If we can’t use our massager, we use our built-in massage tools, our hands.

The inexpensive neck massager below has been a pain game-changer for us regarding neck tension and headache management. The volume of positive reviews is genuinely staggering, and they continue to grow, and for a good reason. It works.

SHIATSU / NECK & SHOULDER
An excellent massager, perfect for:

✅ TENSION HEADACHES
✅ RELIEVING NECK / SHOULDER PAIN
✅ OCCIPITAL NEURALGIA
✅ PREVENTING NECK / SHOULDER PAIN
✅ DAILY RELAXATION & DE-STRESSING

Combine with cutting-edge eye massage, and you have a very powerful, on-demand pain-relieving duo.

NEXT-GENERATION EYE / TENSION THERAPY
Incredible innovation in massage therapy

✅ RELIEVES TENSION
✅ TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
✅ KNEADING THERAPY
✅ OSCILLATING PRESSURE
✅ COMBINE MASSAGERS FOR FORMIDABLE PAIN RELIEF

So why don’t we just use our fingers instead of a massager?

Hands and fingers are the greatest massage tools on the planet, but there is a counterproductive downfall in massaging your own neck and shoulders (If you don’t have someone to do it for you) You have to tense your muscles in order to massage your tight muscles. Try raising your hands to massage your neck or temples without tensing and engaging your shoulders.

The armrests integrated on the above neck massager ensure complete relaxation of your shoulders and trapezius, which allows the massager to work its magic while you take a tension time-out. Making a neck and shoulder massage a part of your daily routine will quickly become something you look forward to once you’ve experienced it.


✅ Tried & Tested Method 2

Change your pillow… CHANGE. YOUR. PILLOW.

If your neck is unsupported when you sleep, you will wake up with a neck primed for pain and a head ready to ache (if it’s not aching already.) We cannot emphasize how much impact a change of pillow can have on
your neck and head pain. Your choice of pillow can make or break you. Why on earth would you eliminate your pain with an amazing massage, then sleep on a pillow that continues to undo all the good work? It’s staggering how many people suffer from neck pain, dizziness, headaches, and conditions like occipital neuralgia and don’t consider their pillow a potential cause. When we found the right pillow for occipital neuralgia it changed everything for us.

✨ SUPERB FOR OCCIPITAL NEURALGIA ✨
THERAPEUTICA ORTHOPEDIC PILLOW
Our pillow of choice for Occipital Neuralgia

✅ OCCIPITAL NEURALGIA
✅ NECK / SHOULDER PAIN
✅ TENSION HEADACHES
✅ PERFECT FOR SIDE-SLEEPERS
✅ NON-ALLERGENIC / NON-TOXIC

We use two types of pillows depending on current pain and comfort levels. The Therapeutica is our all-time favorite pillow for occipital neuralgia, neck pain, tension headaches and easing dizziness as it positions our neck perfectly and feels amazing. The shallower contour pillow is an excellent alternative. Both pillows will offer you absolutely fantastic support for many years. *Note – If you haven’t used these types of pillows before, they take a brief time to get used to, but once you’ve adjusted (a week or so), You will kick yourself for not upgrading your pillow sooner.

✨ SUPERB FOR OCCIPITAL NEURALGIA ✨
SHALLOW CONTOUR CERVICAL PILLOW
Excellent all-round pillow for neck pain

✅ OCCIPITAL NEURALGIA
✅ NECK / SHOULDER PAIN
✅ TENSION HEADACHES
✅ SHALLOW CONTOUR
✅ NON-ALLERGENIC / NON-TOXIC

We spend on average 33yrs of our lives in bed, 26yrs sleeping, and 7yrs trying to sleep. It’s difficult to comprehend that amount of time, of course, but we can say without any doubt that if your bed and pillow don’t support you correctly, you’ll keep waking up tense and primed for pain… everysingle… day.

Conclusion

Headaches can affect all areas of life. We all know how a persistent headache can affect our work, personal and social lives. It’s safe to say 100% of us have experienced a headache of some sort. We know that 80% of adults will experience back pain in their lives, and a growing number of people are developing occipital neuralgia and other neck issues due to ‘text neck’… if you combine them all, life can very quickly spiral into a roundabout of daily pain. If we had to choose one of the above changes, it would, without doubt, be the change of pillow because of the daily impact it has had on our quality of life. That’s a big statement for something as simple as a pillow, but it’s true.

Of course, there are times when Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen or other medications can be beneficial for tackling a persistent tension headache, but with consistent use of a neck massager and a pillow that offers appropriate support for your neck, head pain can become a memory ;O)

Additional relaxation methods

  • Exercise / Yoga etc…
  • Deep breathing 
  • Listening to guided relaxation audio
  • Reading / listening to music
  • Anything that makes you feel good is relaxing!
  • Finally, if you need cheering up, read this 😉

Last update on 2021-06-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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