It is but common nowadays to hear people saying that they get headache quite often due to pressure of work, and are inclined to carry a couple of tablets such as ibuprofen or paracetamol in their kit to counter this problem. Stress at the work spot, traffic jams at roads or anything of that sort might be the reason for this headache. Changing lifestyles and increasing pressure is taking a heavy toll on the people’s life and small issues like this are but inevitable of late.
One of the many varieties of headache is referred to as “tension headache”, which is caused due to excessive stress. Assume that you are in a hurry to attend a meeting and you are racing in a cab to the office. Unfortunately, you are caught in a traffic jam, had to wait for nearly an hour to come out of the traffic jam, and in the process, had to miss the meeting or if you were to speak at the meeting, the meeting was postponed due to your absence. This kind of stress waiting impatiently at the cab in the midst of a traffic jam might cause headache to you that is defined as tension headache. Technically, tension headache is caused due to contraction of muscles especially in the head and the neck portion, and is characterized by a dull and steadily increasing pressure. Instead of relying on instant medicines or resorting to doctor’s assistance, one can try out some simple things that can bring effective relief to your tension headache.
It might sound paradoxical at first, but has been proved effective in relieving tension headache. Try to soak your feet in hot water to get relief from tension headache. By drawing blood to your feet, the hot-water footbath will help in easing pressure on the blood vessels in the head. Pressure on the blood vessels in the head following a contraction of the muscles in the head and neck is the primary reason for tension headache, and this technique, without medication, might do just that – ease the pressure on the blood vessels.
If you cannot find hot water for soaking your feet, you might use a hot compress on your forehead or at the back of your neck. Since the contraction of muscles causes headache, this hot compress might help in relaxing the contracted muscles and provide instant relief to you from the tension headache. You can even try the other way round, as well. Contraction of the muscles causes the blood vessels to exert pressure on the sensitive nerves and this pressure causes headache. You can wrap a couple of ice cubes, and apply it as a cold compress on your forehead. Cold constricts the blood vessels, and, whey they shrink, they stop exerting pressure on the sensitive nerves, and, as such, you might get relief from the headache instantly.
One more thing one can try to get relieved from tension headache is to soak his or her hand in iced water for as long as one can bear it. When the hands are submerged in water, it is advisable to repeatedly open and close the fists. This simple trick will help in getting relief, as the cold dilates blood vessels and relieves the pressure on the nerves.