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How to Relieve Stress Headaches

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9.15.20

BY: DR. KYON HOOD, MD

So you’re here because you either currently have a painful headache or have experienced one before. Well, read on for some tips that will help you find relief.

So you’re here because you either currently have a painful headache or have experienced one before. Well, read on for some tips that will help you find relief.

Symptoms

Headaches caused by stress tend to cause pain, tenderness, pressure around your forehead and neck. These types of headaches are most commonly seen in adults and can be episodic or chronic. You might also experience irritability, muscle aches, and trouble focusing.

Causes

Stress headaches can be caused by bad posture, especially now since we’re all cooped up on our couches. Other causes can include anxiety, hunger, and not enough rest. So how would you go about treating stress headaches?

Treatments

While the measures that work for different individuals vary, the following treatments have been found to relieve stress headaches effectively.

The easiest way…

The easiest way to relieve a stress headache is to go to your local drugstore and pick up any medication that has ibuprofen. Other ways you can relieve stress headaches easily include: getting an adequate amount of sleep, eating healthy, exercising, and fixing your posture.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is another way to relieve stress headaches. It involves inserting thin needles into specific areas of your body to ease the pain. Stimulating nerves and muscles, acupuncture can also help manage stress and boost your wellbeing.

Meditation

Meditation is another way to relieve your mind of some tension and stress you may be dealing with. Meditation involves ignoring outer distractions, as well as the distractions in your mind. Thoughts that do arise during meditation should be allowed to pass through very easily, allowing you to focus on the present moment. Your mediation doesn’t have to take very long – committing to 10 minutes a day can help you get started. If you’re looking for a place to start, some apps, such as Headspace, guide you through your practice.

IV Therapy

Dehydration plays a key role in aggravating stress headaches. IV therapy provides relief because it replenishes your hydration levels while delivering vitamins and minerals directly to your body. IV therapy can also help you flush out toxins and free radicals that can exacerbate the symptoms of your stress headaches. Most IV drips contain calming ingredients, such as Magnesium and Vitamin C, that help you release muscle tension and overall stress.

When to see a doctor…

If you’ve tried all of the above techniques to relieve stress headaches and still have not seen any results but:

  • Your headaches are persistent and painful
  • They happen more than twice a week
  • You take more than the recommended amount of over-the-counter pain medicine

You might want to set up an appointment with your doctor to see if there are any other underlying issues for your headaches.

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