Surely you have ever suffered the so-called tension headache , affects both sides of the head, and not just one as often happens with migraine. To this stabbing and constant pain is added a stiffness in the neck and scalp, a discomfort that appears mostly in the middle of the day and that is gaining strength in the afternoon.
It is a type of headache that suffers the vast majority of the population, but if it lasts for several days a week and for three months in a row, we would already be faced with a chronic condition that would require a specific type of treatment. In the face of tension headache, it is common to resort to some analgesic, but sometimes it does not alleviate it, hence we offer you some natural remedies with which to allow you a rest, since its causes are basically due to situations of anxiety and stress, which we can control taking into account their triggers.
Causes of tension headache
The causes of these annoying headaches can be due to many factors, but experts include them in three fundamental frameworks:
- Situations of stress and anxiety.
- To be a long time in an awkward and incorrect position for the axis of the body and the head, where the muscles and the nerves are overloaded.
- Have your eyes fixed for a long time, or even have vision problems and use an incorrect prescription in our glasses or lenses.
- A bad diet with deficiencies of vitamins and minerals (magnesium, vitamin B …)
Types of tension headaches
- Type I: Is the one that lasts for several months, having a higher incidence in the morning, then ceases and appears in the afternoon. The pain is centered on both sides and in the occipital part.
- Type II: It is the most common among the population, it is characterized by a diffuse pain and an annoying feeling of pressure. It lasts between one and three days. Medications, on the other hand, do not usually relieve it.
Differences between Migraine and tension headache
Tension headache is more like a generalized pain with pressure on the temples and behind the head, also in the neck, and sometimes lasts for hours, or just over half an hour, lasts for two or three days and then disappears . Migraine, on the other hand, has a very localized pain, sometimes it appears on only one side of the head, light bothers us , we feel nauseous, dizzy … something that for example does not appear with tension headaches, which, for example, sometimes they disappear with a simple neck massage.
Remedies for tension headache
- Vitamin B: Vitamin B helps us to give energy to those neurons that, due to stress and our daily effort, work excessively. A good contribution of this vitamin can prevent this type of headaches, hence it is convenient to add a contribution through the tablets that usually sell in stores, One capsule a day of 250 mg for two weeks would be very convenient to recover, as well You can also find vitamin B in cow livers, blue fish and eggs.
- Lavender: Lavender is perfect for relieving stress and headaches. We can take it in infusion, two dry twigs in boiling water and taken in the morning and at mid afternoon can resolve the tension headache. Likewise, if we put lavender oil in boiling water and inhale the steam, it also has very beneficial effects.
- Artemis: It is ideal for tension headache. This plant has substances that help regulate the brain’s neurotransmitters, and normalize the flow of blood in it. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it perfect if we take it as an infusion. Take two of these flowers, put them to boil in water and take them in the middle of the afternoon, after letting the infusion rest for 15 minutes. Drink it in small sips.
- Magnesium: According to many studies, magnesium is effective in preventing and relieving headache and migraine: It is a mineral that relaxes muscles and relieves stress, calming nerves and headaches. Where can we find it? In brown rice, cocoa powder, pumpkin seeds, dried basil, flax and cumin seeds, Brazil nuts …
- Mint: A perfect remedy to treat headaches. It relaxes us and relieves pain. If we take two infusions a day: morning and mid afternoon, we will notice its beneficial effects. For this, two teaspoons of dried mint are enough for a cup of hot water, let it rest a few minutes and take it little by little. Try that when you take these infusions, do it in a relaxed way, without hurry.
- Use a good pillow to sleep, the position in which we put the neck and head is very important.
- Watch your posture when reading, working or doing other activities
- Get used to stretching your neck, back and shoulders from time to time when you’re working or at your computer to avoid overloading.
- Check your vision, tension headaches are sometimes related to this problem.
- Control your stress situations, take your personal time, rest, set priorities.