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How to Relieve Tension Headaches Naturally

As students face increasingly more challenges today, possibly more than we’ve seen in a while, tension headaches could be a side effect. Additionally, the rapid changes in technology and the impact of stress on the brain could cause more types of pain than ever before. The highest rates of tension headaches occur in people between ages 35 to 55, usually the teachers’ age range, but they can also affect younger people.

How do you get rid of tension headaches fast?

Home Care/Classroom Natural Relief for Tension Headaches:

  • Cold pack
  • Heating pad or hot compress
  • Ease pressure on scalp or head
  • Dim the lights
  • Try not to chew
  • Hydrate
  • Caffeine
  • Yoga
  • Stretching
  • Exercise
  • Massage therapy (see below for techniques)
  • Relaxing baths (with Epsom salt)
  • Change sleep schedule and patterns
  • Meditation
  • Coping/addressing any anxiety or depression
  • Keep a journal of feelings, daily activities, etc.

Does not matter what method you use to relieve your tension headaches, just that it will be more effective if you are able to find the cause of pain. If you are experiencing tension headaches frequently, see your doctor to help determine what causes them so that you can treat the root cause rather than just masking the symptoms.

What pressure point relieves a headache?

Pressure point LI-4, also called Hegu, is located between the base of your thumb and index finger. Doing acupressure on this point relieves pain and headaches.

The following are some massage techniques that can help relieve tension headaches:

  • The first method is called the “Eggs in a Nest” technique which uses four fingers to apply pressure on either side of the neck by rubbing slowly, using medium pressure.

 

  • The second method is called the “Eagle Claw” technique which uses two fingers to apply pressure on either side of the neck by rubbing slowly, using medium pressure.

 

  • For a third method, called the “Half-Moon” technique, you will start by standing up straight with your feet spread about the width of your hips. With one hand, place two fingers on your chin and pull your head back until you feel a stretch in the front of your neck, then slowly rotate it to one side until you begin to feel a stretch again. Repeat this step on the other side as well.

 

  • The fourth method is “Knuckles out to Thumbs” where you will stand up straight with your feet spread about the width of your hips. With one hand, place two fingers on your chin and pull your head back until you feel a stretch in the front of your neck, then slowly rotate it to one side until you begin to feel a stretch again. Repeat this step on the other side as well. Once you have finished the stretch, use your other hand to apply pressure using your knuckles as you rub along the side of the neck on both sides.

 

  • The fifth method is called “Back Rub” and involves standing up straight with your feet spread about the width of your hips. With one hand, place two fingers on your chin and pull your head back until you feel a stretch in the front of your neck, then slowly rotate it to one side until you begin to feel a stretch again. Repeat this step on the other side as well. Once you have finished the stretch, use both hands to rub your back very gently, using medium pressure.

 

  • The final method is the “Neck Rotation” which involves standing up straight with your feet spread about the width of your hips. With one hand, place two fingers on your chin and pull your head back until you feel a stretch in the front of your neck, then slowly rotate it to one side until you begin to feel a stretch again. Repeat this step on the other side as well. Once you have finished the stretch, gently use your hand to rotate your neck in a circular motion for about 10 rotations, then switch directions and do 10 more rotations in the opposite direction.

 

Remember! It is important that you never massage directly over bones such as your spine or shoulder blades, and always massage in the area surrounding the bones too.

Why am I getting tension headaches everyday?

Using these massage techniques will help you feel less tense and relieve tension headaches naturally but be patient with yourself! Many chronic tension headaches develop for no apparent reason. If you are having trouble finding the cause of your pain and they are occurring frequently, see your doctor.