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Relief for Tension Headaches

Thursday, 06 January 2011 09:27 AM

There has been a dramatic increase in tension headaches caused by people working long hours on computers and sitting for extended periods doing paperwork. Stress adds to this type of headache. Tension headaches can be some of the most severe headaches and most resistant to treatment. Here are some simple remedies.

Poor posture is a sure cause of tension headaches. If you find yourself sitting for an extended period, make it a point to practice good posture.

Stop working at your computer or desk every hour and stretch your neck muscles. While stretching, give the muscles in the back of your neck a good, deep massage. Many people are surprised to find that they have severe pain when they massage their neck muscles. This is a result of not stretching neck muscles adequately.
If you suffer from migraines, check out my report "Anxiety, Panic Disorder & Migraines: Fight Back Using Nature’s Elixier’s."

I have cured a number of people of vertigo and dizziness just by teaching them how to massage their neck muscles. Neck muscle spasm is a major cause for spells of dizziness. These exercises could save you a trip to the doctor.

Apply a warm, wet cloth to the back of your neck while massaging your neck muscles. Include the muscles of your shoulders and those between your shoulder blades. A professional massage can help a great deal. You can use an assortment of analgesic rubs such as Bengay or essential oils.

Here are additional ways to fight back:

• A major cause of headache is stress, so take time from your busy day to relax. For more information on reducing stress, see my report "Good Sleep: Stop Insomnia, Reduce Stress, Boost Your Total Health".

• Sleep is essential. One of the most common causes of headaches is lack of sleep, so be sure to get what your body needs — usually eight hours.

• If you get a headache, apply a warm compress to the affected area. Also, soak a towel in warm water and apply it to the back of your neck.

• Make sure you eat — hunger is another common cause of headaches. But what you eat is vital. Stay away from excitotoxic food additives, like monosodium glutamate, known as MSG.

• Drink plenty of water. Water can cool your body down, which can reduce headaches. Eight glasses of distilled water a day are recommended.

For more of Dr. Blaylock’s weekly tips, go here to view the archive.

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