Stress Headaches – How to Deal?

How Chiropractor Manage A Stress Headaches?

Stress HeadachesThe main treatment for stress headaches is reducing your stress levels and treatment of common stress headaches is generally effective. The key to elimination of stress headaches is to prevent them. Stress headaches are the result of abnormal contractions or spasms of neck and scalp muscles.

Suffering from headaches due to sinus, tension or stress headaches is a serious situation. One of the typical reasons for stress headaches is not getting adequate rest. Another way people manage their tension or stress headaches is through massage. Stress headaches are the result of abnormal contractions or spasms of neck and scalp muscles. Stress headaches are usually localized to one part of the head, while migraines usually feel like they are taking over our entire brains and radiating throughout our body.

Stress And Chronic Headache

People with chronic headache sometimes react angrily to friends or doctors who suggest they are just under too much stress – and with reason, since there’s often an implication that the headaches are a psychological rather than a medical issue. In fact, chronic headache is unlikely to be caused by stress alone, yet stress can contribute significantly to making headaches worse. In addition to all the other hassles of modern life, people with severe or chronic headache have to deal with the stress of being in pain.

Chronic Headache, Chronic Stress
With episodic migraine, individuals can often identify how different stressors affect their headache pattern. A given person might recognize that headaches tend to follow a hectic week at work, a quarrel with a family member, or an important social occasion. There are also physical stresses that can trigger an attack, such as changes in weather, missed meals or too much alcohol. Because both the headaches and the stresses are infrequent, it’s relatively easy to see the connection.

For people with daily or near-daily headache, it’s often much harder to be aware of stress, because their stress may be nearly constant. The biggest stress in chronic headache is having chronic headache. Pain is itself a major stressor, physically and mentally. Pain can make the normal stresses of daily living all the worse. Holding down a job, raising a family, dealing with relationships, and just getting around in a complex world become very problematic with an every-present headache that is on the verge of intensifying.  Read more here.

With so many people spending a majority of their time looking at a computer screen, tablet, phone, or television, a number of people who suffer from frequent stress headaches is on the rise.

HOW STRESS CONTRIBUTES TO HEADACHES

For many headaches, the cause is simple: You’re probably just stressed. Whether from an over-packed to-do list, demanding job, relationship issues or growing pile of bills — or any other number of nerve-wracking scenarios — stress is the most likely cause behind the most common type of headache, the tension headache (which, by the way, aptly goes by the nickname “stress headache”).

This everyday feeling can bring on headaches in a variety of ways. First, when people are stressed, they often tighten their neck and shoulders. Tense muscles in the back of the neck and even in the scalp can cause the “vice-like” compression many people use to describe stress-related headaches. Also, when under stress, many people clench their jaws and/or grind their teeth, both of which can trigger headaches all on their own.

Lastly, anxiety is a common culprit of restless nights, and insomnia is a risk factor for headaches and migraines alike.What’s more, no matter your headache type, stress can both worsen and prolong your symptoms. According to recent research, every 10 percent increase in people’s stress levels causes them to experience tension headaches 6.3 percent more days/month and migraines 4.3 percent more often. See more here.

One of the best ways to combat stress headaches is simply to avoid them altogether and this often means avoiding stress as far as possible.

Reduce Stress to Prevent Headaches

Sleep Better
Try for 7 to 8 hours a night and stick to a regular sleep schedule. Make an effort to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. Don’t change that pattern much, even on weekends.

  1. Keep electronics out of your bedroom.
  2. Try not to drink too much fluid after dinner.
  3. If you can’t sleep, get out of bed. Try to read quietly somewhere until you’re drowsy.

Get Regular Exercise
Being active can burn off stress. “Exercise is a great way to get your mind off the things that you find stressful,” says Natasha Withers, DO, of One Medical Group in New York. When you get moving, it lowers stress hormones and boosts endorphins, which are your body’s “feel-good” chemicals. It can also boost your mood and energy, she says. Try to get 20 to 40 minutes of aerobic exercise — activity that gets your heart pumping — at least three times a week. “Moderate aerobic exercise three times a week can reduce stress as well as migraines.

Eat Better
Follow a diet that’s low in fat and high in complex carbohydrates. It can make a difference in how many headaches you get, how long they last, and how intense they are. Withers suggests cutting processed foods from your diet and eating more anti-inflammatory foods, like fatty fish, whole grains, and dark, leafy greens. Start with a healthy breakfast. Don’t skip meals. “Have a healthy snack before you get hungry,” Rosenberg says. “Hunger can trigger headaches.” Read full article here.

Stress Headaches Must Be Treated

Stress headaches are generally harmless, but if the pain becomes chronic or is interfering with your everyday activities, consult a headache specialist for proper treatment. Stress headaches are one of the most common physical effects stress has on the contemporary human. Stress headaches are usually caused by muscular tension but this in itself is often a physical symptom of psychological pressure or stress that may be caused by worries about relationships, work or financial matters, for example.

Stress headaches can be described as a constant band of pain, pressure or tightness around the forehead or the back of the neck and head. Stress headaches can cause irritability, frustration and an inability to concentrate. Stress headaches can be relieved by removing the source of stress or finding a way to manage it. Chiropractic care techniques to relieve stress headaches have been proven to be more effective in providing relief from stress headaches, you can call us here: (619) 831-8777 for help.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.